Dr. Yan Li

Yan Li
  • Associate Professor
  • Chinese Language Coordinator
  • Ph.D. University of Southern California 2008

Contact Info

Wescoe Hall, Room 2111
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045


Dr. Yan Li is an Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Kansas. She studies Chinese linguistics and second language acquisition. Her research focuses on how to facilitate the acquisition of Chinese as a foreign language for adult learners. Her research has led to published articles in Lingua Sinica, Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, Chinese as a Second Language, Journal of Chinese Language Teaching, and Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching.

Current Projects

"Pedagogical Strategies on the Instruction of Serial Verb Constructions in Chinese"

"The acquisition of the Bai-construction in Chinese"


Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition, University of Southern California (USC), 2008, Los Angeles, CA
M.A. in Chinese Linguistics, Peking University, Peking


  • Chinese linguistics
  • Second language acquisition
  • Teaching Chinese as a foreign language
  • Computer-Assisted Language Learning 
  • Corpus studies

For additional information about Professor Li's research, please visit KU ScholarWorks.


Recent Courses Taught

EALC 331: Language & Society in East Asia

EALC 340: The Structure of Chinese

LING/EALC 572: The Structure of Chinese

EALC 701: Practicum in Teaching Chinese

CHIN 104: Elementary Chinese I

CHIN 108: Elementary Chinese II

CHIN 251: Reading and Writing Chinese Characters

CHIN 562: Modern Chinese Texts I

CHIN 564: Modern Chinese Texts II

Selected Publications

Li, Y. (2022). Predicting the Unpredictable: -le used in Chinese Serial Verb Constructions. In Topics in Theoretical Asian Linguistics.556-573. John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Xu, H. and Li, Y. (2021). Using online applications to enhance phonetic acquisition among learners of Chinese. Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 12 (1), 51-81.

   Li, Y. (2020). Teaching Chinese adverbs. In The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Language Teaching, 286-298. Abingdon and New York: Routledge.

Xu, H, Li, Y. and Li, Y. (2019). Using Online Applications to Help Chinese Learners Master Tones, Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, V10 No.1: 26-56.

Li, Y., and Yan. L (2017). Effects of providing explicit negative evidence on students' perception of ungrammatical sentences using –le. Chinese as a Second Language, 52:3 (2017), 232–254.