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Professor Grace Zhang

Professor Grace Zhang Professor Grace Zhang

PhD in Linguistics (University of Edinburgh, UK)

Position Professor
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
School School of Education
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 501.Level 4
Phone 08 9266 3478
Fax 08 9266 3186
Email Grace.Zhang@curtin.edu.au

Brief Summary

Grace is a Professor in linguistics and Chinese language studies at Curtin University. She is a linguist by training, with a PhD in linguistics awarded by the University of Edinburgh (thesis title: The Semantics of Fuzzy Quantifiers). Grace has 30 years of tertiary experience in teaching Chinese, linguistics, translation, and research methodology in China, the UK, New Zealand and Australia. In addition to undergraduate courses, she has also taught and supervised Honours, Masters and PhD students. Her teaching scholarship is demonstrated by the publicaiton of textbooks and teaching-related articles. She has a well developed research profile, shown by books, book chapters and research articles. The impact of her research is evidenced by book reviews, book prizes, citations, research grants, invited book and journal article reviewer, and the like. Grace has been contributing to the development of Chinese language programmes undertaken by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (Western Australia). She also has extensive experience in conducting industrial and corporate training and consultancy in Chinese language and culture.

Overview

Grace has sustained high performance in teaching, research, service/leadership, showing her absolute commitment to achieving the highest standards. Teaching: Initiatives for innovative curricula and collaborative courses and publications demonstrate the prominence of her teaching scholarship. All of her PhD students have graduated successfully. Research: Grace's research on cross-cultural communication is influential, evidenced by extensive and quality publications. Service and leadership: In addition to her leadership in teaching and research, she has also made major contributions to leadership at Curtin and external bodies.

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Memberships, Awards and Training

Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute (Curtin University)

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Employment History

2005–present   Curtin University

1999–2004       University of Auckland (NZ)

1994–1999      University of Otago (NZ)

1991–1993      University of Edinburgh (UK)

1982–1989      Sun Yat-sen University (China)

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Research Interests

  1. Elastic/ vague language
  2. Cross/ inter-cultural communication
  3. Chinese linguistics
  4. Pragmatics
  5. Translation
  6. Language education

Grace's current research projects are on elastic/ vague language and cross/ inter-cultural communication. The study of elastic/ vague language emphasises fluidity, stretchability and strategy of language. The significance of the research is to challenge the traditional thinking that a proposition is either true or false and to argue that a proposition could be true/false to a certain degree. It raises a serious question about any linguistic theories that are based on a binary assumption. Grace is an internationally recognised scholar in elastic and vague language, she welcomes proposals for collaborative projects from fellow researchers. Grace is a very experienced supervisor and welcomes research students, she is more than happy to talk to you, please contact her (Grace.Zhang@exchange.curtin.edu.au).

Current research projects

1) Communicating strategically in Australian border control: The role of elasticity/vagueness

This research is one of the few attempts to explore how Australians custom officers and passengers play ‘communication games’ in tension-prone situations. This study reveals dynamic and pragmatic use of elastic/vague language. The findings will not only add conceptual dimensions to the study of pragmatics and intercultural communication, but will also provide useful guidelines to help achieve better mutual understanding and overcome communication breakdowns. 

2) The elastic use of ‘some’

This comparative study, based on data from L1 (English) and L2 (Chinese and Vietnamese) speakers, is a micro-study on the use of 'some', which has important implications for contrastive pragmatics research and language educators’ training.

3) Stretching language in social discourse

Language stretching (e.g. I kind of like Perth) is an important but often overlooked part of language use. This study intends to reveal shared vs. culturally specific linguistic and sociocultural features of language stretching.

 

Publications

Books

2015    Zhang, Grace. Elastic Language: How and Why We Stretch Our Words. Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press.

2015    Sabet, Peyman & Zhang, Grace. Communicating through Vague Language: A Comparative Study of L1 and L2 Speakers. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2014    Dunworth, Katie & Zhang, Grace (Eds.). Critical Perspectives on Language Education: Australia and the Asia Pacific. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

2012    Zhao, Xiaohua & Zhang, Grace. Negotiating with Vague Language: A Chinese Perspective. Beijing: China Social Sciences Press.

2008    Rue, Yong-Ju & Zhang, Grace. Request Strategies: A Comparative Study in Mandarin Chinese and Korean. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

1998    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese). Fuzzy Semantics (模糊语义学). Beijing: China Social Sciences Press.

1998    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese). Fuzzy Linguistics (模糊语言学论集). Dalian, China: Dalian Publishing House.

Book chapters

2014    Zhang, Grace & Gong, Qian. The retention of Year 11/12 Chinese in Australian schools: A Relevance Theory perspective. In Dunworth, Katie & Zhang, Grace (Eds.), Critical Perspectives on Language Education: Australia and the Asia Pacific, pp. 119–140. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

2013    Rue, Yong-Ju & Zhang, Grace. Gender variances in Chinese and Korean requests: A continuum rather than polarity. In Elhindi, Yousif & McGarry, Theresa (Eds.), Gender-linked Variation across Languages, pp. 102–127. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Publishing.

1987    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese). Variability of fuzzy meaning (模糊语义的变异性). In Xinkui Li et al. (Eds.), Language and Philology, pp. 12–20. Guangzhou, China: Guangdong Press.

Journal articles

2016    Zhang, Grace. Elastic language in TV discussion discourse: A case study of ba in Chinese. International Journal of Chinese Linguistics (John Benjamins, Netherlands) 3 (2): 245-269. DOI:10.1075/ijchl.3.2.03zha

2016    Zhang, Grace. How elastic a little can be and how much a little can do in Chinese. Chinese Language and Discourse (John Benjamins, Netherlands) 7 (1): 1–22.

2016    Zhang, Grace & Sabet, Peyman. Elastic ‘I think’: Stretching over L1 and L2. Applied Linguistics (Oxford University Press, UK) 37 (3): 334–353.

2014    Zhang, Grace. The elasticity of I think: Stretching its pragmatic functions. Intercultural Pragmatics (De Gruyter, Germany) 11 (2): 225–257.

2013    Zhang, Grace. The impact of touchy topics on vague language use. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication (John Benjamins, Netherlands) 23 (1): 87–118.

2013    Zhang, Grace & Feng, Hongbian (in Chinese). The sensitivity of conversational topics and vague language in Mandarin Chinese (汉语中的模糊语言和话题的敏感性). Contemporary Linguistics (Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, China) 15 (1): 45–61.

2011    Zhang, Grace. The missing puzzle piece in translation pedagogy: Adaptive and elastic competence. Journal of Translation Studies (The Chinese University Press, Hong Kong) 14 (1 & 2): 17–36.

2011    Zhang, Grace. Elasticity of vague language. Intercultural Pragmatics (De Gruyter, Germany) 8 (4): 571–599.

2009    Tang, Chen-Hsin & Zhang, Grace. A contrastive study of compliment responses among Australian English and Mandarin Chinese speakers. Journal of Pragmatics (Elsevier, Netherlands) 41 (2): 325–345.

2008    Sang, Jian & Zhang, Grace. Communication across languages and cultures: A perspective of brand name translation from English to Chinese. Journal of Asian Pacific Communication (John Benjamins, Netherlands) 18 (2): 226–247.

2007    Ng, Wailan & Zhang, Grace. Learning written English: The perspective of Chinese ESL students. Foreign Language and Literature Studies (Fujian Normal University Press, China) 24 (4): 247–253. 

2006    Liu, Chiung-wen & Zhang, Grace. Translation of Chinese xiehouyu (sayings) and relevance theory. Across Languages and Cultures (Akadémiai Kiadó, Hungary) 7 (1): 49–76. 

2005    Zhang, Grace. Fuzziness and relevance theory. Foreign Language and Literature Studies (Fujian Normal University Press, China) 22 (2): 73–84.

2004    Zhang, Grace. Grice’s maxims and the principle of selectiveness: An advertising language perspective. Fu Jen Studies: Literature & Linguistics (Fu Jen University Press, Taiwan) 38: 127–144.

2001    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese). Inquiry into the implication problem in fuzzy quantifiers of natural languages    (自然语言模糊量词的蕴涵问题研讨). Philosophical Trends (supplement, China Social Sciences Press, China): 37–39.

1998    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao. Fuzziness–vagueness–generality–ambiguity. Journal of Pragmatics (Elsevier, Netherlands) 29 (1): 13–31.

1998    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese). Formal treatment of the fuzzy quantitative semantics (模糊量词语义的形式处理). Studies in Dialectics of Nature 14 (supplement, China Society of Dialectics of Nature, China): 39–41/51.

1998     Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese). Generalized quantifier theory and its application to fuzzy quantifiers (广义量词理论及其对模糊量词的应用). Contemporary Linguistics (The Commercial Press, China) 2: 24–30. 

1986    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese). Two issues regarding the membership function of fuzzy meaning (关于Fuzzy语义隶属度制定的两个问题). Studies in Language and Linguistics (Huazhong University of Science and Technology Press, China) 1: 91–98.

1985    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese). Fuzzy meaning of sentences (模糊句义). Journal of Inner-Mongolia Normal University (Inner-Mongolia Normal University Press, China) 2: 52–57.

1985    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao & Xia, He (in Chinese). Fuzziness in poems (诗意与模糊). Lanzhou Journal (Lanzhou Social Sciences Press, China) 3: 56–61.

1983    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese). Fuzzy meaning and related issues (模糊语义及其相关问题). Journal of Inner-Mongolia Normal University (Inner-Mongolia Normal University Press, China) 4: 120–126.

1983    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese). Fuzzy meaning of words (词语的模糊性).  Fuzzy Mathematics (Huazhong University of Science and Technology Press, China) 1: 55–60.

1983    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese). The functions of fuzzy meaning (模糊语义的功能). Language Studies (Shanghai Education Press, China) 6: 47–48.

1982    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese). Fuzzy words (模糊词琐谈). Journal of Liaoning University (Liaoning University Press, China) 1: 77–79.

Articles in conference proceedings

2007    Rue, Yongju, Zhang, Grace & Shi, Kyu. Request strategies in Korean. Proceedings of the 5th Biennial Korean Studies Association of Australasia Conference, pp. 112–119.

2006    Zhang, Grace (in Chinese). Sample sentences in Chinese synonym dictionaries for foreign learners (对外同义词词典的例句问题). In Cheng, Ting-Au; Li, Luxing & Cai, Yongqiang (Eds.), The Proceedings of International Conference on Pedagogical Lexicography of CFL (2), pp. 298–307.

2001    Zhang, Grace. Error correcting method: Evidence from Chinese language teaching. Linguistics Study (supplement), pp. 144–148.

2000    Zhang, Grace. Error correction in classroom. Linguistics Study (supplement), pp. 152–155.

Other publications 

2010   Zhang, Grace. Using Chinese Synonyms. Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press.

2007    Shen, Shuping & Zhang, Grace (chief editors) (in Chinese). Business English: Textbook for Professional Translators Accreditation (商务英语翻译师考试培训教材  笔译). Beijing: China Social Sciences Press.

2007    Shen, Shuping & Zhang, Grace (chief editors) (in Chinese). Business English: Textbook for Professional Interpreters Accreditation (商务英语翻译师考试培训教材  口译). Beijing: China Social Sciences Press.

2000    Lam, Adam & Zhang, Grace. An Advanced Chinese Reader. Dunedin: The University of Otago Press.

1997    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao. An Intermediate Chinese Reader. Dunedin: The University of Otago Press.

2016    Zhang, Grace. Chinese xiehouyu (sayings). In Chan, Sin Wai (Ed.), The Routledge Encyclopaedia of the Chinese Language, pp. 395–407. London: Routledge.

2012    Zhang, Grace (translation). The elasticity of vague language (模糊语言的弹性). Foreign Language and Literature Studies (Fujian Normal University, China) 114 (4): 217–234.

2004    Zhang, Grace. Book review on Yip Po-Ching & Don Rimmington’s Chinese: A Comprehensive Grammar. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies (New Zealand Asian Studies Society, New Zealand) 6 (1): 230–234.

1988    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese). Definitional and extended meanings (本义和引申义). Journal of Open University (Chinese Studies) (Sun Yat-sen University, China) 1: 14–15.

1988    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese). Semantic relations (语义关系). Journal of Open University (Chinese Studies) (Sun Yat-sen University, China) 1: 15–16.  

1988    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese). Language and its use (语言及其用法). Journal of Open University (Chinese Studies) (Sun Yat-sen University, China) 2: 17–18.

1985    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese). Phonetic system of Putonghua (普通话的语音系统). Journal of Open University (Chinese Studies) (Sun Yat-sen University, China) 1: 7–9.

1985    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese). Meaning and concept (语义与概念). Journal of Open University (Chinese Studies) (Sun Yat-sen University, China) 1: 12–13.

1985    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese).Distinguishing parts of speech in Chinese (汉语的词类分辨). Journal of Open University (Chinese Studies) (Sun Yat-sen University, China) 2: 23–24.

1985    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese). Chinese phrase types (汉语词组的类型). Journal of Open University (Chinese Studies) (Sun Yat-sen University, China) 4: 4–6.

1983    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (in Chinese).The art of language use (语言运用的技巧). Journal of Open University (Chinese Studies) (Sun Yat-sen University, China) 5: 6–7.

1982    Zhang, (Grace) Qiao (translation). Quantitative fuzzy semantics (模糊语义的定量).  Information and Control (Nanjing, China) 3 (2): 25–37.

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Specialty Areas

  1. Elastic/ vague language
  2. Cross/ inter-cultural communication
  3. Chinese linguistics
  4. Pragmatics
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Publications

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2016

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2015

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Additional publication categories

1998

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Zhang, G. Q. 1998.“Fuzziness-vagueness-generality-ambiguity.”Journal of Pragmatics 29 (1): 13-31.
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