EDUCATION AND LANGUAGE ABILITIES
- PhD in Linguistics, 1990, Department of
Linguistics , University of California,
PhD Dissertation: Grammatical relations in Chinese: Synchronic and diachronic considerations.
Committee: James A. Matisoff, Robert D. Van Valin, Jr., co-chairs; Johanna Nichols.
- M.A. in Linguistics, 1988, Department of Linguistics , University of California, Berkeley.
- Two years of graduate work in Linguistics at Peking University, September 1981 – July 1983, Beijing, China.
- M.A. in Applied Linguistics (TESOL), 1980, Department of Linguistics , State University of New York at Stony Brook.
- B.A. in Asian Studies, 1978, State University of New York at Stony Brook.
- Also attended the 1987 (Stanford) and 1992 (UC Santa Cruz) Linguistic Society of America Institutes, and the 1998 Australian Linguistics Institute (University of Queensland, Brisbane).
- Native speaker of New York English, familiar with other varieties of US, Australian, Singapore, and Philippine English.
- Native-like fluency in Putonghua (Standard Mandarin Chinese), conversational and linguistic knowledge of Cantonese, Hokkien and Southwest Mandarin.
- Conversational and linguistic knowledge of Tagalog.
- Able to read linguistics articles in French and Japanese.
- Two years of Classical Tibetan training.