Jun Lang

Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Literatures
With Pomona Since: 2022
  • Expertise


    Jun Lang is a broadly trained linguist who works on the interface of language structure, semantic construction, social dynamics and cultural context. Her research interests include language and gender, second language acquisition, Chinese as a second language pedagogy, sociolinguistics and cognitive linguistics. Her research can be found on Google Scholar. She also serves as a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Computational Social Science, Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, the Journal of Pragmatics, Languages, Chinese Language and Discourse and PLOS One, among others.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Chinese Linguistics
    • Language and Gender
    • Corpus Linguistics
    • L2 Chinese Pedagogy
    • Language and Digital communication
  • Work


    Lang, J. (2024) Book Review: Pragmatics of Chinese as a Second Language, edited by Li, Shuai. Contrastive Pragmatics (published online ahead of print 2024). https://doi.org/10.1163/26660393-bja10115

    Lang, J., & Jing-Schmidt, Z. (2024). The blurry lines between popular media and party propaganda: China’s convergence culture through a linguistic lens. PLoS ONE 19(1): e0297499. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0297499

    Lang, J., & Jing-Schmidt, Z. (2023). Gendered social address in China’s convergence culture: The case of meinü (beautiful woman). China Information (Special issue on storytelling and counter-storytelling), 37(3), 382-405. https://doi.org/10.1177/0920203X221139435 

    Lang, J., & Jing-Schmidt, Z. (2022). Building collocational knowledge between lexicon and grammar. In Yuan, F., B. He & W. Hu (Eds) Pedagogical grammar and grammar pedagogy in Chinese as a Second Language. Routledge. http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781003161646-5

    Jing-Schmidt, Z., Lang, J., Shi, H.H., Hung, S.H., & Zhu, L. (2022). Aspect construal in Mandarin: A usage-based constructionist perspective on LE. Linguistics, 60 (2), 541-577. https://doi.org/10.1515/ling-2020-0198

    Lang, J., Erickson, W.W., & Jing-Schmidt, Z. (2021). #MaskOn! #MaskOff! Digital polarization of mask-wearing in the United States during COVID-19. PLOS ONE, 16(4): e0250817. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0250817

    Lang, J. (2021). Teaching and learning bei-constructions: A usage-based constructionist approach. Studies in Chinese Learning and Teaching, 6, 27-57. ISSN: 2334-2684

    Lang, J. (2020). Neological cancer metaphors in the Chinese cyberspace: Uses and social meanings. Chinese Language and Discourse, 11(2), 262-287. https://doi.org/10.1075/cld.19014.lan

    Lang, J. (2019). What impacts L2 Chinese pragmatic competence in the study abroad context? Current research and future directions. Chinese as a Second Language, 54(3), 191-220. https://doi.org/10.1075/csl.18001.lan

    Lang, J. (2018). “I am not criticizing you”: A constructionist analysis of an indirect speech act. Chinese Language and Discourse, 9(2), 184-208. https://doi.org/10.1075/cld.00010.lan

    Lang, J. (2013). Differentiating and teaching L2 Chinese adverbs of degree hěn, fēicháng, and shífēn. In S. Li, & J. Zhou (Eds.), Studies in Chinese International Education Theory [汉语国际教育理论研究] (pp.162-174). Beijing: Science Press.

    Lang, J. (2012). Tough reality, sunny mentality: Interview with the former party secretary and CEO of Tianjin Trust and Investment Company. In Z. Wang, & T. Zhang (Eds.) Political Treasures: Research on Cultivation of Female Leadership [从政留珍: 女领导干部成长规律与培养途径研究] (pp.147-153). Tianjin: Academy of Social Sciences Press.

  • Education


    Ph.D. East Asian Linguistics, University of Oregon

    M.A. Chinese Linguistics and Philology, Tianjin Normal University

    B.A. Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Tianjin Normal University

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Intro to Pop Culture in China
    • Elementary Chinese
    • Intermediate Chinese
    • Chinese Language and Gender
    • Social Issues in China Today
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Wig Curriculum Development Grant, Pomona College, 2022

    Curriculum Development Grant, University of Oregon Chinese Flagship Program, 2021

    Professional Development Grant, Yamada Language Center, University of Oregon, 2021

    Jiede Empirical Research Grant Award, The Chinese Language Teachers Association (USA), 2020

    Conference Travel Grants, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon, 2017-2019

    CAPS Professional Grant Award, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Oregon, 2017