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Department: Modern Foreign Languages

Yahui Anita HuangYahui Anita Huang

Assistant Professor of Chinese


Berte Humanities Building 304

Contact Information:

Box 549029
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-4971
Office Fax: n(205) 226-3089

Brief Career Background:

Birmingham Southern College Assistant Professor 2012-present
University of Alabama at Birmingham Assistant Professor 2011-2012
University of Texas at Austin Assistant Instructor 2007-2009

Educational Background:

PhD. in Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin
M.A. in Linguistics, Eastern Michigan University
B.A. in German Literature, Chinese Cultural University, Taipei, Taiwan

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • Chinese Language Pedagogy
  • Chinese for Specific Purposes
  • Chinese Linguistics
  • Pragmatics
  • Syntax and Semantics

Research Interests:

My principal academic specializations include Chinese linguistics, Semantics, Pragmatics, and Chinese language pedagogy.  My dissertation investigates the form and meaning of Chinese Conditionals with a focus on Quantification, Presupposition, Modal Implications, Pronoun Occurrence as compared to English "whatever" and "whoever" sentences.  My other research agenda includes Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language and Teaching Chinese for Specific Purposes with an emphasis on building students’ pragmatic competence in a business context.  I am also interested in translation studies, language acquisition (first and second), and bilingual education.

Courses Taught:

CHN 101 Elementary Chinese I (1) An introduction to the Mandarin Chinese language in regards to speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture. Designed for students who have no prior knowledge of Chinese.

CHN 102 Elementary Chinese II (1) A continuation of CHN 101. Prerequisite: CHN 101.

CHN 220 Intermediate Chinese I (1) Building on beginning Chinese, this course reviews basic grammar and pronunciation concepts, builds vocabulary, and further develops language skills. Prerequisites: CHN 101 and 102 or consent. Fall.

CHN 221 Intermediate Chinese II (1) A continuation of CHN 220. Prerequisite: CHN 220 or consent. Spring.

CHN290: Directed Readings

HM 120: How Language Works

E299: Explorations of Qi ‘Life-energy’