Jiuzhou Hao

PhD Linguistics & English Language

  • Linguistics and English Language
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
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2019 - PhD Linguistics and English Language, The University of Edinburgh

Project (working title): Mandarin non-canonical word orders in L1 children with and without specific language impairment and child heritage speakers

2018 - 2019 MSc Linguistics (graduate with distinction), The University of Edinburgh

Dissertation title: Comprehension and production of Mandarin passive in child heritage speakers, The role of morpho-syntactic cue (Supervised by Dr Vicky Chondrogianni)

2014 - 2018 BA Business Administration and English Literature (graduate with distinction)

Dissertation title: A study of Business English neologisms from a morphological perspective (Supervised by Prof. Wei WANG)

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Sep 2020 -

Organiser of Bilingualism Research Group, University of Edinburgh


Sep 2020 -

Member of organising committee of Linguistic Circle, University of Edinburgh


Undergraduate teaching

2019 - 

Tutor of Linguistics and English Language 1B (Semester 2)

Tutor of Child Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (Semester 2)

Tutor in the PPLS Writing Centre

Postgraduate teaching

2019 - 

Tutor in PPLS Writing Centre

Research summary

  • Psycholinguistics

First language acquisition; Second language acquisition; Language impairment; Heritage language acquisition; Child bilingualism; Syntactic processing in language comprehension and production; Eye-movement during reading and listening (both children and adults).

  • Generative Syntax

Mandarin Syntax; Syntactic theory; Syntactic variation and change.

Current research interests

My current research centres on the morpho-syntactic acquisition and processing of child population (especially Mandarin-speaking), including typically-developing and language-impaired monolinguals and bilingual children.

Past research interests

I am also interested in Mandarin syntax from a generative perspective and Chinese dialects under the influence of Mandarin.

Invited speaker

  • Nov 2020. The development and processing of non-canonical word order in Mandarin heritage children and monolingual adults. Bilingualism Research Group, University of Edinburgh.

  • Dec 2020. Mandarin non-canonical word orders in child heritage speakers: The role of cross-linguistic influence. Talk at the Heritage Language Lab, University of Alberta. 



  • Manchester Forum in Linguistics (mFiL), 2019, Manchester, UK
  • Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference 2019 (LELPGC19), 2019, Edinburgh, UK
  • Bilingualism Matters Research Symposium (BMRS), 2019, Edinburgh, UK
  • Experimental Pragmatics: Theory, Methods, Interfaces (DGfs Xprag.de), 2019, Berlin, Germany

Papers delivered

Nov 2020, Conference Talk "The development of non-canonical word order in Mandarin heritage children" at the Boston University Conference of Language Development (BUCLD 45), Online

May 2019, Poster Presentation " A new syntactic analysis of Mandarin Passives" at the 7th Mancherster Forum in Linguistics (mFiL), 2019, Manchester, UK