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Xiaoting Li, PhD


Associate Professor of Chinese Linguistics

Department of East Asian Studies

Pembina Hall 356

University of Alberta

Edmonton, AB T6G 2H8

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Dr. Xiaoting Li is Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Alberta. Her research interest is language in interaction and multimodal analysis. She uses the methodology of Conversation Analysis, Interactional Linguistics and multimodal analysis in the study of everyday Mandarin talk-in-interaction. Her research explores how multimodal resources such as lexico-syntax, prosody and bodily-visual conduct are used by interactants in organizing turns, sequences and courses of actions in Mandarin conversation. The topic of multimodal organization of turns in Mandarin conversation is examined in her book Multimodality, Interaction, and Turn-taking in Mandarin Conversation (John Benjamins, 2014). She is the Director of the Chinese Multimodality Lab. She teaches in the areas of Chinese linguistics, language in Chinese society and Chinese-English translation, and supervises graduate students in the field of Chinese language, discourse and interaction.

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