Hang Zhang

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Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Linguistics
Rome Hall 460
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Areas of Expertise

Second language acquisition; Tones; Chinese linguistics; Chinese language pedagogy. 


Dr. Hang Zhang’s research interests include second language phonology and Chinese language pedagogy. She is especially interested in investigating interlanguage tonal grammars from the perspective of linguistic universals. Her current research focuses on the second language acquisition of Mandarin Chinese sound system by different types of non-tonal language speaking learners. In addition to research, Dr. Hang Zhang also enjoys teaching Chinese as a foreign language and Chinese linguistics. Prior to joining the faculty of George Washington University, she had taught a variety of Chinese courses at Zhejiang University in China, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


MA and PhD in Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



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Second Language Acquisition of Chinese Tones—Beyond First-Language Transfer (Brill, 2018). ISBN 978-90-04-36479-0 (e-book); ISBN 978-90-04-30597-7 (hardback). 

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Introduction to Chinese Linguistics《现代语言学导论》, Co-authored with Chi, Chang-Hai, et al. (Zhejiang University Press, 2004, 2007, 2012, 2014). 4th edition, ISBN 9787308137287. 

Difficult Vocabulary Teaching-Handbook for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language 《实用对外汉语重点难点词语教学词典》, Co-authored with Zhu, Li-Yun, et al. (Beijing University Press, 2009). ISBN 9787301145883. Difficult Vocabulary Teaching-Handbook for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language 

Journal articles and book chapters