Publications and Presentations

Curriculum Vitae 

Journal Papers and manuscripts

  1. Politzer-Ahles, Stephen; Xiang, Ming & Almeida, Diogo. (2016, under review) “Before” and “after”: investigating the relationship between temporal connectives and chronological ordering using event-related potentials. (pdf)

  2. Xiang, Ming; Hanink, Emily; Vegh, Genna. (under revision) Before and after, temporal connectives in discourse processing. (pdf)

  3. Xiang, Ming; Grove, Julian; and Merchant, Jason. (under revision) Ellipsis sites induce structural priming effect (pdf)

  4. Beltrama, A. and Xiang, M. (accepted pending minor revision). Ungrammatical but comprehensible: the facilitation effect of resumptive pronouns. Glossa. (pdf)

  5.  Xiang, M., Grove, J. and Giannakidou, A.  (2016) Semantic and pragmatic processes in the comprehension of negation: an event related potential study of negative polarity sensitivity. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 38, 71-88 (pdf)

  6.  Dillon B, Chow W and Xiang M. (2015) The relationship between anaphor features and antecedent retrieval: Comparing Mandarin ziji and ta-ziji. Front. Psychol. 6:1966. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01966 (pdf)

  7. Xiang, M.; Wang, SP.; and Cui, YL. (2015) Constructing covert dependencies—the case of wh-in-situ processing. Journal of Memory and Language, 84, 139-166http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jml.2015.05.006 (pdf)

  8. Xiang, M., and Kuperberg, G. (2015) Reversing expectations during discourse comprehension. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 30, 6, 648-672. doi: 10.1080/23273798.2014.995679 (pdf)

  9. Xiang, M.; Dillon, B.; Wagers, M.; Liu, FQ. and Guo, TM. (2014) Processing Covert Dependencies: An SAT Study on Mandarin Wh-in-situ Questions. Journal of East Asian Linguistics, 23, 2, 207-232. doi:10.1007/s10831-013-9115-1 (pdf)

  10. Xiang, M., Grove, J. and Giannakidou, A. (2013) Dependency dependent interference: NPI interference, agreement attraction, and global pragmatic inferences. Frontiers Psychology, 4:708.doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00708 (pdf)

  11. Wang, S.; Mo, D.; Xiang, M.; Xu, R. & Chen, H-C. (2013). The time course of semantic and syntactic processing in reading Chinese: evidence from ERPs.  Language and Cognitive Processes, 28, 4, 577-596.(pdf)

  12. Heestand, D.; Xiang, M. & Polinsky, M. (2011) Resumption still does not rescue islands. Linguistic Inquiry, 42: 138-152 (pdf)

  13. Xiang, M.; Harizanov, B.; Polinsky, M.& Kravtchenko, E. (2011) Processing morphological ambiguity: An experimental investigation of Russian numerical phrases. Lingua, 121: 548-560. (pdf)

  14. Xiang, M., Dillon, B. & Phillips, C. (2009) Illusory licensing effects across dependency types: ERP evidence. Brain and Language, 108, 1, 40-55 (pdf)

  15. Xiang, M. (2008). Plurality, maximality and scalar inferences: a case study of Mandarin dou. Journal of East Asian Linguistics, 17, 3, 227-245 (pdf)

  16. Huang, J., Xiang, M. & Cao, Y. (2006) Reduction in V1 Activation Associated with Decreased Visibility of a Visual Target. NeuroImage, 31, 4, 1693-1699. (pdf)

Conference proceeding papers

  1. Aparicio, Helena,  Xiang, Ming; and Kennedy, Chris. (2015) Processing gradable adjectives in context: A visual world study. In Proceedings of SALT 25, Stanford. (pdf)

  2. Aparicio, Helena; Franich, Kathryn; and Xiang, Ming. (2015) Morphological feature mismatches under ellipsis: An eye-tracking study. In Proceedings of The 45th North Eastern Linguistic Society Conference (NELS) (pdf)

  3. Beltrama, Andrea and Xiang, Ming. (2014) Intrusive resumptives as processing facilitators: An experimental investigation. In Proceedings of The 44th North Eastern Linguistic Society (NELS).

  4. SanPietro, S., Xiang, M. and Merchant, J. (2012) Accounting for voice mismatch. In Nathan Arnett, and Ryan Bennett (eds) Proceedings of the 30th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, 32-42. Cascadilla Press: Somerville, Mass. (pdf)

  5. Beltrama, A. and Xiang, M. (2012) Is good better than excellent? An experimental investigation on scalar implicatures and gradable adjectives.  In E. Chemla, V. Homer & G. Winterstein (eds)  Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 17, 81-98. (pdf)

  6. Engelhardt, P. E., Xiang, M., & Ferreira, F. (2008). Anticipatory eye movements mediated by word order constraints. Proceedings of the 30th Annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Washington, D.C. (pdf)

  7. Xiang, M. (2005) The Degree Argument and the Definiteness Effect, in Proceedings of The 35th North Eastern Linguistic Society (NELS) (pdf)

  8. Xiang, M. (2003) A Phrasal Analysis of Chinese Comparatives, in Proceedings of CLS 39, Chicago Linguistic Society. (pdf)

Articles in edited volumes

  1. Polinsky, M; Clemens, LE; Morgan, AM; Xiang, M. & Heestand, D. (2013). Resumption in English. in Sprouse, J. & Hornstein, N. (ed): Experimental syntax and Island effects., pp341-359. Cambridge University Press (pdf)

  2. Xiang, Ming. (2013) Sentence processing in Chinese: Long distance dependencies. In: Rint Sybesma, Wolfgang Behr, Zev Handel & C.T. James Huang (eds.), Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers. <http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopedia-of-chinese-language-and-linguistics/sentence-processing-long-distance-dependencies-COM_000160> (pdf)

  3. Xiang, Ming. (2013). Resolving structural ambiguities in Chinese. In: Rint Sybesma, Wolfgang Behr, Zev Handel & C.T. James Huang (eds.), Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.<http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopedia-of-chinese-language-and-linguistics/sentence-processing-resolving-garden-path-ambiguities-COM_000158> (pdf)

Conference Presentations

  1. Xiang, Ming. 2016. Locality and anti-locality in the comprehension of wh-in-situ constructions. Invited talk at the 52nd Chicago Linguistics Society Annual Conference. (pdf)

  2. Leffel, Tim; Xiang, Ming; and Kennedy, Chris. 2016. Imprecision is pragmatic: Evidence from referential processing. Talk to be presented at the 26th SALT (Semantics and Linguistic Theory) Conference. Austin, TX.

  3. Grove, Julian; Hanink, Emily; and Xiang, Ming. 2016. Comprehension priming evidence for elliptical structures. Poster presented at the 29th CUNY Sentence Processing Conference, Florida. (pdf)

  4. Leffel, Tim; Xiang, Ming; and Kennedy, Chris. 2016. Context and world knowledge in gradable adjective interpretation. Talk presented at The 90th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Washington, DC. (pdf)

  5. Xiang, Ming; Luxi Mo, and Suiping Wang. 2015. Constructing wh-in-situ dependencies. Talk presented at AMLap (Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing), Valletta, Malta. (pdf)

  6. Politzer-Ahles, Stephen; Xiang, Ming & Almeida, Diogo. 2015. “Before” and “after”: investigating the relationship between temporal connectives and chronological ordering using event-related potentials. 7th Neurobiology of Language Conference. Chicago, United States. (pdf)

  7. Aparicio, Helena; Xiang, Ming; and Kennedy, Chris. 2015. Online processing of relative vs. absolute adjectives: a visual world study. Poster presented at the 25th Semantics and Linguistics Theory conference (SALT).

  8. Xiang, Ming; Yang, Juanhua; and Wang, Suiping. 2015. Classifier mismatch in ellipsis resolution. Poster presented at the 28th CUNY conference on human sentence processing, USC. (pdf)

  9. Aparicio, Helena,  Xiang, Ming; and Kennedy, Chris. 2015. Processing relative vs. absolute adjectives: A visual world study. Poster presented at the 28th CUNY conference on human sentence processing, USC. (pdf)

  10. Aparicio, Helena; Franich, Kathryn; and Xiang, Ming. 2014. The syntax of ellipsis resolution: Eye-tracking evidence from phi-feature mismatches. Talk presented at the 45th North Eastern Linguistics Society (NELS). (pdf)

  11. Grove, Julian; Hanink, Emily; and Xiang, Ming. 2014. Comprehension priming evidence for elliptical structures. Poster presented at the 20th AMLaP (Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing), University of Edinburgh.

  12. Xiang, Ming; Emily Hanink, and Vegh, Genna. 2014. Before and after, and processing presuppositions in discourse.  Poster presented at the 27th CUNY conference on human sentence processing, Ohio State U.

  13. Xiang, Ming; and Vegh, Genna. 2013. Number mismatch and syntactic identity. Talk presented at the Identity in Ellipsis Workshop. Leiden, the Netherlands.

  14. Xiang, Ming; Grove, Julian; and Giannakidou, Anastasia. 2013. Semantic and pragmatic licensing of NPIs. Talk presented at the 5th Experimental Pragmatics Conference, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

  15. Kim, Christina; Xiang, Ming; and Kennedy, Chris. 2013. Context dependence and shiftability in two classes of gradable adjectives. Poster  presented at the 5th Experimental Pragmatics Conference, Utrecht, the Netherlands.

  16. Xiang, Ming; Cui, YanLing; and Wang, Suiping. 2013. Interference in Covert Dependencies. Talk presented at the 26th CUNY conference on human sentence processing.

  17. Xiang, Ming; Grove, Julian; Merchant, Jason;  Vegh, Genna; Bartell, Stefan and Vradelis, Katerina. 2013. Silent structures in ellipsis: Evidence from syntactic priming. Poster presented at the 26th CUNY conference on human sentence processing.

  18. Xiang, Ming; and Vegh, Genna. 2013. Number agreement without surface syntax. Poster presented at the 26th CUNY conference on human sentence processing.

  19. Kim, Christina; Beltrama, Andrea; Syrett, Kristen, Xiang, Ming; and Kennedy, Chris. 2013. Sensitivity to local discourse vs. global communicative context in gradable adjectives. Poster presented at the 26th CUNY conference on human sentence processing.

  20. Xiang, Ming; Grove, Julian; and Giannakidou, Anastasia. 2012. Processing lexical semantic features on functional words—a case of negative polarity items. Poster presentation at the 4th Neurobiology of Language Conference, San Sebastian.

  21. Beltrama, Andrea; & Xiang, Ming. 2012. Is excellent  better than  good?  Adjective scales and scalar implicatures. Talk presented at Sinn und Bedeutung 17, Paris.

  22. Xiang, Ming; Giannakidou, Anastasia; & Grove, Julian. 2012. Two stages of NPI licensing: an ERP study. Poster presented at the 25th annual meeting of the CUNY Conference of Human Sentence Processing, March, NYC.

  23. SanPietro, Steven; Xiang, Ming; & Merchant, Jason. 2012. Syntax, semantics and discourse in ellipsis: accounting for voice mismatch. Poster presented at the 30th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL). April, Santa-Cruz.

  24. Xiang, Ming; Giannakidou, Anastasia. & Grove, Julian. 2012. Strength of negation and licensing negative polarity items: an ERP study. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting. March, Chicago.

  25. Beltrama, Andrea; & Xiang, Ming. 2012. How beautiful is a pretty girl? Adjectives and implicatures. Talk presented at the 86th annual meeting of Linguistic Society of America. January, Portland.

  26. Xiang, Ming; Merchant, Jason. & Grove, Julian. 2012. Silent structures in ellipsis: Priming and anti-priming effects. Poster presented at the 86th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. January, Portland.

  27. Xiang, Ming; Grove, Julian. & Giannakidou, Anastasia. 2011. Interference “licensing” of NPIs: Pragmatic reasoning and individual differences. Poster presented at the 24th annual meeting of the CUNY Conference of Human Sentence Processing, March, Stanford.

  28. Xiang, Ming; Liu, FengQin; Chen, Peiyao; & Guo, Taomei. 2011. Cross-linguistic variations and similarities: an ERP study of Mandarin wh-constructions. Poster presented at the 24th annual meeting of the CUNY Conference of Human Sentence Processing, March, Stanford. (pdf)

  29. Xiang, Ming; Dillon, Brian; Wagers, Matt; Liu, FengQin. & Guo, Taomei 2010. Processing wh-movement dependencies in a language without wh-movements. Poster presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the CUNY Conference of Human Sentence Processing, March, NYU.

  30. Xiang, Ming; Swain, Abigail. & Kuperberg, Gina. 2010. Reversing causal coherence through linguistic cues: evidence from event-related-potentials. Poster presented at the 17th Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, Apr. Montreal.

  31. Dillon, Brian; Xiang, Ming; Chow, WingYee & Phillips, Colin. 2009. The processing of long-distance and local anaphora in Mandarin Chinese. Poster presented at the 22th Annual Meeting of the CUNY conference on Human Sentence Processing. March, Davis, CA.

  32. Polinsky, M.; Kraytchenko, E. & Xiang, M. 2009. Are all subject islands created equal? Poster presented at the 22th Annual Meeting of the CUNY conference on Human Sentence Processing. March, Davis, CA. (pdf)

  33. Xiang, M., Harizanov, B. & Polinsky, M. 2008. Resolving interface mismatches: number in native and heritage Russian. Talk presented at the 2nd Heritage Language Summer Institute. Harvard University.

  34. Xiang, M., Harizanov, B. & Polinsky, M. 2008. Category of number: grammatical or conceptual? Poster to be presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the CUNY conference on Human Sentence Processing. March. Chapel Hill.

  35. Xiang, M., Heestand,D. & Polinsky, M. 2008. Resumptive Pronouns: (non)rescuing function? Poster to be presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the CUNY conference on Human Sentence Processing. March. Chapel Hill.

  36. Poeppel, D., Xiang, M. & Lau, E. 2008. Reversing expectations – MEG evidence for processing semantic presuppositions. Poster to be presented at the 15th Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) annual meeting.

  37. Xiang, M., Guo, T.M. & Guo J.J. 2008. Brain potentials reflect the semantic distinction between singular and plurals. Poster to be presented at the 15th Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) annual meeting.

  38. Xiang, M., Dillon, B. & Phillips, C. 2007. Intrusive licensing effect: comparing negative polarity and reflexives. Poster presented at the 20th Annual Meeting of the CUNY conference on Human Sentence Processing. March, San Diego

  39. Xiang, M., Dillon, B. & Phillips, C. 2006. Testing the Strength of the Spurious Licensing Effect for Negative Polarity Items, talk presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the CUNY conference on Human Sentence Processing. March, New York.

  40. Xiang, M., Conroy, A., Lidz, J. & Zukowski, A. 2006, Children’s understanding of Polarity Items, poster presented at the 12th Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (Amlap), Aug, Nijmegen. (pdf)

  41. Xiang, M. 2005, Dou, Maximality, and Licensing Existential Polarity Wh-items in Chinese, 2005, poster presented at the workshop on Theoretical East Asian Linguistics (TEAL-3), July, Harvard.

  42. Xiang, M., Engelhardt, P. E., Woodruff, A. E. T., & Ferreira, F. 2005, DP internal structure and the visual world context–when syntax meets pragmatics. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Meeting of the CUNY conference on Human Sentence Processing. April, Tucson, Arizona.

  43. Xiang, M., 2004, A Scalar Analysis of Chinese Dou, paper presented at The Western Conference of Linguistics (WECOL), Nov, USC.

  44. Xiang, M., 2004, The Degree Argument and the Definiteness Effect, paper presented at The 35th North Eastern Linguistic Society (NELS), Oct, University of Connecticut.

  45. Xiang, M., 2004, Quantifiers in Comparatives, Poster presented at The Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics (GURT), Mar., Washington, DC.

  46. Xiang, M., 2004, Negation on (In)definite Events, Paper presented at the 2004 LSA Annual Meeting, Jan., Boston, MA.

  47. Xiang, M., 2003, Phrasal Comparatives and Functional Analysis — Evidence from Chinese, paper presented at the 15th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL), July, Michigan State University.

  48. Xiang, M., 2003, A Phrasal Analysis of Chinese Comparatives, Paper presented at the 39th Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS).

  49. Huang, J., Xiang, M., & Cao, Y., 2003, Reduction in Cortical Activation Associated with Decreased Visibility of a Visual Target, Poster presented at the 11th ISMRM annul meeting (International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine), July, Toronto.

  50. Xiang, M., Munn A., Schmitt, C., & Ferreira, F., 2003. Garden Path and Null Objects in Chinese, Poster presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, March, Cambridge, MA

  51. Bailey, K. G. D., Xiang, M., & Ferreira, F., 2003. Parsing and Misinterpretation in Coordination Ambiguities. Poster presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, March, Cambridge, MA

  52. Xiang, M. 2002. Modifier Ordering in Chinese. Paper presented at the LSA 2002 annual meeting, Jan, San Francisco, CA