Disciplines Description

Disciplines Description

Foreign Languages and Applied Linguistics


    The Teaching and Research Section of Foreign Languages, ZJU was renamed the Department of Linguistics in 1984 and then renamed the Department of Foreign Languages in 1988. In 1990, a major in linguistics and applied linguistics in foreign languages was set up and started to recruit postgraduate students.

   Prof. LIU Haitao is academician of Akademio de Esperanto AE and China’s most cited researcher by Elsevier. He serves as associate editor for Journal of Quantitative Linguistics and is on the editorial board of academic journals related to interlinguistics. Being a Chinese scholar who has the most linguistic papers collected by WOS core libraries (SSCI, A&HCI, SCI) in the last ten years, his research priority is to find structural patterns and evolutionary rules of  human language from real corpora.

Prof. HE Lianzhen has been selected for the Ministry of Education’s New Century Talent Supporting Project and the State Class Persons of National Talents Engineering initiatives. She won The Second Outstanding Teacher of Institute of Higher Learning in awards hosted by the Ministry of Education, and served as the vice chairman of the College English Teaching Advisory Board under the Ministry of Education twice in succession. With language testing and applied linguistics as her research priorities, her papers have been published in leading academic journals at home and abroad including Foreign Language Teaching and Research, Modern Foreign Languages and Language Testing. Serving as editorial board member of Search Journals like SSC and A&HCI for many years, she was invited to be a member of the TOFEL Expert Committee hosted by the Educational Testing Service.

Prof. CHENG Gong is a leading talent in the liberal arts. He serves as a member of the following bodies: the sixth and seventh discipline consultative group of the State Council (Foreign Languages and Literatures Group); of the Assessment Panel; the National Social Science Foundation; the IACL; and the College English Teaching Advisory Board under the Ministry Education. He is also the chairman of China formal linguistics panel. Being the associate editor of “branches of the world's languages” of Language and Word Volume of Encyclopedia of China (Volume 3), he specializes in studies of linguistic structure, and especially studies of generative grammar.

Prof. CHENG Le has many duties, such as professor of the School of Foreign Languages and the School of Law; director of the Center for Legal Discourse and Translation; WEI Shaoxiang chair professor; chairman of World Association of Legal Interpreting and Translation; secretary general and vice-chairman of the Multicultural Association of Law and Language; standing committee member of the academic committee of International Academy of Linguist Law; executive deputy director and secretary general of Law Translation Center of the China Behavioral Law Association; and expert advisor of  the legislative affairs commission of the NPC Standing Committee. His research fields include legal discourse, legal translation, corpus-based study, semiology and special communication.

In addition, professors such as WANG Xiaolu, JIANG Jingyang, LIANG Junying and QU Yunhua and key young scholars like LE Ming, ZHU Ye, LING Xiao, WANG Yunqi, LI Hang and MIN Shangchao have conducted in-depth studies in various areas of second language acquisition, cognitive linguistics, language planning and language testing, and and have published a number of influential papers.


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