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Zhaole Yang

University Lecturer of Chinese language and language pedagogy

Dr. Z. Yang
+31 71 527 5161

Zhaole Yang is a University Lecturer of Chinese language and language pedagogy at the Institute for Area Studies.

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Curriculum vitae

Fields of Interest

Chinese syntax; Semantics; Syntax-semantics interface; Language pedagogy and acquisition. 


My research interest encompasses two distinct areas that greatly fascinate me. Firstly, I am captivated by the intricate and observable variations in languages, as well as the underlying linguistic universals. Specifically, my research centers around the syntax and semantics, primarily focusing on Mandarin Chinese and its various dialectal variations. Secondly, I am deeply intrigued by the methods and approaches employed in language teaching, as well as the process of language acquisition itself.  


Zhaole Yang received a double BA degree in English and Education from Shandong University,China, in 2009. He completed his MA in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language at the same university in 2012. He moved to the Netherlands to teach Mandarin for the Confucius Institute at Leiden University in 2011. He has been a lecturer at the Leiden Institute for Asian Studies since 2017. He obtained his PhD at Leiden University in 2020.


  • All levels of  Chinese language courses (BA)
  • Chinese Linguistics-Typology (BA)
  • Currently, coordinator of Mandarin courses at LUC and BAIS

Key publications

(In Print) Mandarin shì as a complementizer. Journal of Chinese Linguistics. 

Yang, Zhaole. 2020. Yě, yě, yě: On the syntax and semantics of Mandarin yě. Doctoral dissertation, Leiden University. 
Yang, Zhaole. 2019. Mandarin yě and scalarity. Studies in Chinese Linguistics 39 (2), 155-178. 

University Lecturer of Chinese language and language pedagogy

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS China


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