Department of Linguistics and the College
Ming Xiang conducts research on how language is one of the defining intellectual properties of human beings. She focuses on how we as humans seem to effortlessly construct structures for any novel sentences we hear, understand what we mean literally, and also decipher inferences between the lines—all at a very fast speed. Trained as both a theoretical linguist and an experimentalist, she makes use of behavioral and neurophysiological methods to address questions in sentence comprehension and discourse processing.
Xiang is currently setting up the Language Processing Lab at the University’s Karen Landahl Center for Linguistics Research. Before joining the University of Chicago faculty, she was an assistant professor at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. She was a postdoctoral researcher in the linguistics departments at both the University of Maryland and Harvard University.
Xiang holds a PhD in linguistics from Michigan State University and a BA in English language and literature from Beijing University.
Xiang joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2010.