Center for International Chinese Education
Name:Jin Dawei
Title:Associate Professor


Research Expertise:Linguistics, Syntactic Theory, Semantics, Sinitic Languages, Languages in Asia

Courses:A Crosslinguistic Perspective to Chinese Grammar, English for Linguistic Majors, Research Topics on modern Chinese, Schools of Linguistic Thought, Chinese Language:Its Nature and Development

I was born in Guangzhou. I obtained my PhD in Linguistics from the linguistics program at UB (the State University of New York at Buffalo) in the States. Since 2016 I have been working in the School of Humanities, SJTU. I specialize in linguistic theory, grammar (syntax and semantics), with a focus on combining theoretical and experimental approaches. I have a passion in teaching and supervising.

Articles and Book Volumes

• Dawei Jin and Wei Zhou. Accepted. Contrastive topic marking in Wu languages. Wuyu Yanjiu 

[Studies in Wu languages] [in Chinese]. Vol. 11. 
• Dawei Jin. 2022. The intervention effect in Suzhounese polar questions. Poznan Studies in 

Contemporary Linguistics 58(4): 775-822.

• Dawei Jin and Jun Chen. 2022. Towards the copular status of clefts—Evidence from
diachrony. Acta Linguistica Academica 69(2).

• Dawei Jin. 2022. Reading-based recognition and processing of the oracle bones inscriptions:
An eye-tracking study (with Tingzhu Chen, Xiaoxue Wang and Doudou Li). Journal of Chinese
Writing Systems 6(3): 211-220.

• Huanghuang Chen and Dawei Jin. 2020. Overt contrastive topic marking in East Asian
languages—the case with Wenzhounese (in Chinese). 
Wuyu Yanjiu [Studies in Wu languages]
10(1): 110-119.
• Dawei Jin. 2020. Copula functions in a cross-Sinitic perspective. Folia Linguistica 54(1):
89-132. DOI:

• Dawei Jin. 2019. A semantic account of quantifier-induced intervention effects in Chinese
Linguistics and Philosophy: 1-43 (Online First). DOI:
• Chengru Dong and Dawei Jin. 2019. An enthymematic approach to the deduction of the
negative meaning of the Chinese 
shenme-based rhetorical question construction. Studies in
Chinese Linguistics 
40(1): 47-74. DOI:
• Dawei Jin and Jun Chen. 2019. Scalarity, degree reading, and maximality in a Mandarin numeral construction. Language & Linguistics 20(2): 148-179 (Special Issue: The
interface of semantics & etymology, morpho-syntax, and pragmatics in Chinese). DOI:
• Dawei Jin and Jun Chen. 2018. Meaning change in Chinese: A numeral phrase construction
from adjectives to superlatives to definite descriptions. 
Linguistics 56(3):599-651. DOI:

• Dawei Jin. 2016. Wide-scope indefinites and topicality: A novel account of quantifierinduced intervention in Chinese A-not-A questions. In: Ludmila Veselovska (ed.), Selected
Papers of the 5th Central European Conference in Linguistics for Postgraduate Students
• Dawei Jin. 2015. Revisiting the licensing condition for the aboutness relation. In:
Bondaruk, Anna, Anna Bloch-Rozmej, Wojciech Malec, Ewelina Mokrosz, and Sławomir
Selected Papers of the 4th Central European Conference in Linguistics for
Postgraduate Students
: 56-77. 
• Dawei Jin. 2015. Coherence relations and clause linkage: Towards a discourse approach
to adjunct islands. 
Studies in Language 39(2): 224-258. DOI:

会议论文 Proceeding Papers

• Dawei Jin. 2019. Copulas and the class of copular constructions in a cross-Sinitic perspective.
Proceedings of the North American Conference in Chinese Linguistics 2017 : 344-362.
• Dawei Jin. 2017. A semantic account of the intervention effects in Chinese why-questions.
In: Helle Hvid Hansen, Sarah E. Murray, Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh and Henk Zeevat (eds).
Logic, Language and Computation: Revised Selected Papers of the 11th International Tbilisi
Symposium on Logic, Language, and Computation 
(TbiLLC 2015): 66-88. Berlin-Heidelberg:
• Jun Chen and Dawei Jin. 2017. Meaning change from superlatives to definite descriptions:
A semantic perspective. 
Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistics Society 52.
• Dawei Jin. 2016. Why-questions, topicality and intervention effects in Chinese. Yearbook
of Poznan Linguistics Meeting 
(YPLM) 2(1): 91-113. Berlin: de Gruyter. 
• Dawei Jin. 2015. Coherence relation from a crosslinguistic perspective: The case in Chinese.
Extended Abstract for the 2015 LSA Annual Meeting.
• Dawei Jin. 2015. Contradiction, why-questions, and complex NP islands in Chinese. Penn
Working Papers in Linguistics
: Vol. 21: Iss. 1.
• Dawei Jin. 2014. A pragmatic approach to parasitic gap construction in Chinese. Extended
Abstract for the 2014 LSA Annual Meeting
• Dawei Jin. 2014. Coherence and Extraction from Adjuncts in Chinese. Proceedings of the
2014 ESSLLI Student Session
: 88-99.
• Dawei Jin. 2013. Information Structure Constraints and Complex NP Islands in Chinese.
Proceedings of the 20th Conference of the Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar.110-120.
Stanford: CSLI Publications.