Chinese Language and Discourse | An International and Interdisciplinary Journal

A peer-reviewed journal which seeks to publish original work on Chinese and related languages, with a focus on current topics in Chinese discourse studies. The notion of discourse is a broad one, emphasizing an empirical orientation and encompassing such linguistic fields as language and society, language and culture, language and thought, language and social interaction, discourse and grammar, communication studies, and contact linguistics. Special emphasis is placed on systematic documentation of Chinese usage patterns and methodological innovations in explaining Chinese and related languages from a wide range of functional perspectives, including, but not limited to, those of conversation analysis, sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, grammaticalization, cognitive linguistics, typological and comparative studies.

The journal also publishes review articles as well as extended comments on published articles. Exchanges of research views between authors and readers are also welcome.

CLD publishes its articles Online First.

ISSN 1877-7031 | E-ISSN 1877-8798
Sample issue: CLD 11:1
Zhuo Jing-Schmidt | University of Oregon, USA | cld.editors at
K.K. Luke | Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Hongyin Tao | University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Li Wei | UCL IOE, UK
Executive Editor
Zhuo Jing-Schmidt | University of Oregon, USA
Review Editor
Ni-Eng Lim | Nanyang Technological University
Honorary Board
Ping Chen | University of Queensland, Australia
Mary S. Erbaugh | University of Oregon, USA
Shuanfan Huang | Yuan Ze University, Taiwan
Andy Kirkpatrick | Griffith University, Australia
Randy J. LaPolla | Beijing Normal University, China
Jerome Packard | University of Illinois, USA
Jiaxuan Shen | Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
Chaofen Sun | Stanford University, USA
Sandra A. Thompson | University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Editorial Board
Miao-Hsia Chang | National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
Jidong Chen | California State University, Fresno, USA
Kawai Chui | National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Mei Fang | Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
Yihong Gao | Peking University, China
Jiansheng Guo | California State University East Bay, USA
Zhu Hua | University of Birmingham, UK
Agnes Weiyun He | Stony Brook University, USA
Nancy Hedberg | Simon Fraser University, Canada
Dániel Z. Kádár | Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary & Dalian University of Foreign Languages, China
Lee Cher Leng | National University of Singapore, Singapore
Xiaoting Li | University of Alberta, Canada
Phua Chiew Pheng | National University of Singapore, Singapore
Lily I-Wen Su | National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Liang Tao | Ohio University, USA
Hana Třísková | Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic
Linda Tsung | University of Sydney, Australia
Wei Wang | University of Sydney, Australia
Doreen D. Wu | Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Ruey-Jiuan Regina Wu | San Diego State University, USA
Daming Xu | Nanjing University, China
Foong Ha Yap | Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China
Boping Yuan | University of Cambridge, UK
Bojiang Zhang | Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China
Wei Zhang | Tongji University, China
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Latest articles

30 November 2021

  • Reconsidering the shi…(de) construction in spoken Mandarin
    Angela Cook
  • 29 October 2021

  • The [ yǒu + vp] construction in Singapore Mandarin : Ambiguity and semantic continuity
    Ming Chew Teo
  • 14 September 2021

  • Phonetic fusion in Chinese conversational speech
    Shu-Chuan Tseng
  • 10 September 2021

  • Who is to Blame? A discourse analytic comparison of the news reports on the killing of George Floyd in Mainland China and Taiwan
    Chenyang Lin
  • 13 August 2021

  • Special issue on joint production of conversational turns
    K.K. Luke Mei Fang | CLD 12:1 (2021) pp. 1–5
  • 16 July 2021

  • Collaborative construction of turn constructional units in responsive positions of question-answer sequences in Mandarin conversation
    Zixuan Song Stefana Vukadinovich | CLD 12:1 (2021) p. 84
  • 8 July 2021

  • Collaborative assessments in Mandarin conversation : Syntax, prosody, and embodied action
    Di Fang | CLD 12:1 (2021) pp. 52–83
  • 11 June 2021

  • Factuality lens : Choosing the unmarked passive construction in Chinese conversation
    Danjie Su
  • 21 May 2021

  • Syntactic parallelism and the co-production of syntactic units in Mandarin Chinese
    Yanmei Gao Xiaohua Ren | CLD 12:1 (2021) pp. 109–134
  • 19 April 2021

  • Parties and voices : On the joint construction of conversational turns
    K. K. Luke | CLD 12:1 (2021) p. 6
  • 12 April 2021

  • The use of le 了 in Mandarin Chinese oral discourse : A sociolinguistic perspective
    Xiaoshi Li , Wenjing Li Yaqiong Cui | CLD 12:2 (2021) pp. 135–157
  • 6 April 2021

  • Language choice among Chinese-Indonesian children in Palembang City : A view of patterns and sociocultural factors
    Budi Setiawan , I Dewa Putu Wijana Sajarwa | CLD 12:2 (2021) pp. 259–279
  • 2 April 2021

  • Overlapping as final-item completion in Mandarin conversation
    Wenxian Zhang , Xianyin Li Wei Zhang | CLD 12:1 (2021) pp. 35–51
  • 1 April 2021

  • Translanguaging or code-switching? Reassessing mixing of English in Hong Kong Cantonese
    Brian Hok-Shing Chan
  • 19 February 2021

  • Indefinite subjects in Mandarin Chinese
    Xiaowen Nie Feng-hsi Liu | CLD 12:2 (2021) pp. 181–214
  • 22 January 2021

  • Power and gender : Metaphors in mergers and acquisitions texts in a Chinese financial newspaper
    Ke Li Huichao Zhu | CLD 12:2 (2021) pp. 238–258
  • 18 January 2021

  • Manual action motivates networked meanings of a productive construction in Mandarin : Rethinking polysemy
    Steffi H. Hung | CLD 12:2 (2021) pp. 215–237
  • 14 January 2021

  • Discretion : The final particle ou and its functions in medical advice-giving
    Ying Jin Dennis Tay | CLD 12:2 (2021) pp. 158–180
  • 24 November 2020

  • Televised confessions in the People’s Republic of China : A multimodal analysis of lexical grammar, gaze, and identity
    Liz Carter | CLD 11:2 (2020) pp. 198–225
  • Neological cancer metaphors in the Chinese cyberspace : Uses and social meanings
    Jun Lang | CLD 11:2 (2020) pp. 261–286
  • Incoherence in L2 writing : A comparison of expert insider and non-expert outsider ratings
    Jianling Liao | CLD 11:2 (2020) pp. 169–197
  • The placement of co-verb gěi in spoken Mandarin varieties : A study on regional influences
    Chun-Yi Peng | CLD 11:2 (2020) pp. 335–354
  • On the translation of Japanese politeness into Cantonese : A case study of anime
    Pei Chun Shih | CLD 11:2 (2020) pp. 287–305
  • Managing a suspended course of action : A multimodal study of suoyi ‘so’-prefaced utterances in Mandarin conversation
    Xiaoyun Wang | CLD 11:2 (2020) pp. 306–334
  • Understanding memes on Chinese social media : Biaoqing
    Lu Ying Jan Blommaert | CLD 11:2 (2020) pp. 226–260
  • Vsevolod Kapatsinski . 2018. Changing minds changing tools: From learning theory to language acquisition to language change
    Reviewed by Shuo Feng | CLD 11:2 (2020) pp. 364–370
  • Dingfang Shu , Hui Zhang Lifei Zhang . 2019. Cognitive Linguistics and the Study of Chinese
    Reviewed by Han Luo | CLD 11:2 (2020) pp. 355–363
  • Chu-Ren Huang , Shu-Kai Hsieh Keh-Jiann Chen . 2017. Mandarin Chinese words and parts of speech: A corpus-based study
    Reviewed by Yi Ren | CLD 11:2 (2020) pp. 371–375
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    Görlach, Manfred. 2003. English Words Abroad. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

    Spear, Norman E., and Ralph R. Miller (eds). 1981. Information Processing in Animals: Memory Mechanisms. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

    Article (in book):

    Adams, Clare A., and Anthony Dickinson. 1981. “Actions and Habits: Variation in Associative Representation during Instrumental Learning.” In Information Processing in Animals: Memory Mechanisms, ed. by Norman E. Spear, and Ralph R. Miller, 143–186. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

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    Rayson, Paul, Geoffrey N. Leech, and Mary Hodges. 1997. “Social Differentiation in the Use of English Vocabulary: Some Analyses of the Conversational Component of the British National Corpus.” International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 2 (1): 120–132.



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