Minqi Liu

刘敏旗 • [min.t͡ɕʰi] [ljou̯] • she/her

UCLA Department of Linguistics
3125 Campbell Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1543
United States of America

I’m a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and also a member of the UCLA Language Acquisition Lab. I am primarily interested in first language (L1) acquisition and theoretical syntax. I employ experimental methods to address core issues in children’s syntactic development and believe that L1 data can inform linguistic theory in meaningful ways.

My recent research concerns how children acquire the syntactic constructions that involve extraction of a nominal phrase over another c-commanding nominal phrase, which usually triggers locality difficulties in child languages (‘Intervention Effects’). My dissertation project centers on the syntax and acquisition of passive constructions in Mandarin Chinese.

Besides Mandarin, I have also worked on San Cristóbal Lachirioag Zapotec, an under-documented language spoken in Oaxaca in south-western Mexico, and Tonggu Gan, a non-Mandarin Chinese dialect spoken in Jiangxi in south China.

Before entering the PhD program at UCLA, I earned my B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature at Peking University, China.


Jul 2022 I will give a talk on Intervention effects in Mandarin-speaking children’s comprehension of passives at the 47th Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD 47) with Victoria Mateu and Nina Hyams in November 2022. I have received a Paula Menyuk Travel Award ($350) for this trip.
Jul 2022 I received a Dissertation Year Fellowship ($20,000) by UCLA.
Mar 2022 I received a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant ($15,001) by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for my dissertation project Intervention Effects in the Acquisition of Passives (with faculty PI Prof. Nina Hyams).
Jan 2022 I published a paper in the BUCLD 46 proceedings, titled Prevalence of Long Passives in Child Mandarin: Input and Intervention Effects.