Yihan Zhou

 Yihan Zhou

Contact Information

East Asian Languages & Cultures
2090 Foreign Languages Bldg.
Room 2046
PhD student in Chinese linguistics
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Biography

I self-identify as a language learner, a language teacher, and a language researcher.

Language learner: I grew up in Shenzhen where I was exposed to Mandarin, two Chinese dialects, and English at an early age. I learned French in college and I am still learning Korean and Japanese.

Language teacher: After coming to the U.S. in 2013, I accumulated experience in teaching Chinese from kindergarten level to college level.

Language researcher: As a PhD student, I investigate the Chinese language with the help of computer programming and psycholinguistic experiments.

Research Interests

  • Psycholinguistics
  • Natural language processing
  • Language acquisition

Research Description

Psycholinguistics: Chinese word processing

Natural language processing: Chinese word segmentation, Chinese character database

Language acquisition: Acquisition of Chinese characters, Acquisition of Chinese word order

Education

  • MA, Seton Hall University
  • BA, Nanjing University

Distinctions / Awards

  • 2017 Spring, List of Teachers Ranked as Outstanding (top 10%) by Their Students, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • 2016 Fall, List of Teachers Ranked as Outstanding (top 10%) by Their Students, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Grants

  • National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (NFMLTA) Conference Travel Award (2017, $1000).
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Graduate Research Fellowships (2017 summer, $3000).
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate College Conference Travel Award (2017 – 2018 Academic Year).