Profile: Profile:

2009: Postdoctoral research fellow, Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Australia.
2008: Ph.D., linguistics, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia.
2003: Completion of graduate sociology course, Peking University, China.
1986: M.A., linguistics, Central University of Nationalities, China.
1982: B.A., English major, Hebei University, China.


Mike received his PhD degree in Melbourne University. He began to join the knowledge-intensive seminars and workshops of LCRC led by Prof. Aikhenvald and Prof. Dixon from 2009. He is currently an associate fellow in the Cairns Institute. He was approved as a (LeveI4.) Supervisor for research higher degree candidates at James Cook University in 2010. He has just published a monograph on Kam-Tai (a branch of Tai-Kadai family in Southeast Asia) classifiers under the supervision of Prof. Alexandra Aikhenvald and Prof. R.M.W Dixon. He has been working on the linguistic and cultural topics of the Tai-Kadai family.


Publications: Publications:

2013 - Status quo of the Jinuo language. Luó Zìqún (Translated by Lù Tiānqiáo). Language Situation in China: 2006-2007. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. 2013. 193-202.

2013 - Tonal Inflection and Syntactic Properties in Kam-Tai Langauges: A Zhuang Perspective. (Minority Languages of China) (CSSCI journal). 2013 (3): in press.

2012 - Classifiers in Kam-Tai Languages: A Cognitive and Cultural Perspective. Boca Raton (USA): Universal Publishers. 2012.

2012 - The Realization of Grammatical Aspect in Zhuang. (Linguistic Sciences) (CSSCI journal). 2012 (6): 526-535.

2012 - Analysis on the cultural functions of the Maonan Teknonymy. (Study of Ethnics in Guangxi) (CSSCI journal). 2012 (3): 106-111.

2011 - The interrelationship between subject and topic in Maonan. <Analects on Baiyue>. Yuan Dingsheng (ed.). Nanning: Guangxi People's Publication House. 2011.

2009-The equivalent of Chinese 'liao1' and 'liao2' in Wuming Zhuang. <The exploration of the Zhuang language and literature (I): in memory of Professor Zhang Yuansheng--an important pioneer of the study of Zhuang language and literature>. Li Jinfang (ed.). Beijing: Publishing house of Central University of Nationalities.

2009-Investigation of the ‘Army Language’ and ‘Army People’ in Guangxi --- The prominent military features of Weisuo administrative system in Guangxi during Ming dynasty. <Guangxi Minzu Yanjiu> (Study of Ethnics in Guangxi) (CSSCI journal). 2009 (3). 138-144.

2008 - A Grammar of Maonan. Florida: Universal Publishers. 2008. 425 pages.

2007- Introduction to the grammatical features of Maonan taxonomic specifier (a classifier). <Minzu Yuwen> (Minority Languages of China) (CSSCI journal). 2007 (2): 17-27.

2006 - Complementary distribution of the placenames of Yang Ge Zhuang (the village of the Yang family) etc, and its historical significance in sound change. <Dongnan Wenhua> (Southeastern Cultures) (CSSCI journal). 2006(5): 54-58.

2005 - Reconsideration of distribution areas of the Kam-Tai ancestors based on etymology of a daily word. <Guizhou Minzu Yanjiu> (Guizhou Ethnic Studies) (CSSCI journal). 2005 (3): 160-165.

2002 - Adding Scores and Social Integration. <CUN Weekly> (ISSN: CN 11-0811/ (G)). 10/18/2002: 2. Central University of Nationalities.

2002 - Lubricants in the Ethnic Relations in Our Country. <Sociology of Ethnicity> (No.27) 15/2/2002: 30-32.

1997 - Wuming Zhuang tone sandhi: A phonological, syntactic, and lexical investigation. <Comparative Kadai: The Tai branch> 1997: 107-137. Jerold A. Edmondson and David B. Solnit (eds.). Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics and the University of Texas at Arlington. (coauthored with Snyder, Wil C).

1990 - The historical connection between Chinese kulong ‘hole’ and Its Counterparts in Zhuang. <Studies of the Relationship of Chinese and Minority Languages>. 1990(11): 137-149. A supplementary edition of <Zhongyang Minzu Xueyuan Xuebao> (Journal of Central Institute of Nationalities) (CSSCI journal).

1989 - On Zhuang Cognate with Mandarin shi ‘to be’. <Zhongyang Minzu Xueyuan Xuebao> (Journal of Central Institute of Nationalities) (CSSCI journal). 1989: 67-69.

1989 - Mechanism of Change in Folklore Telling. <Zhongyang Minzu Xueyuan Xuebao> (Journal of Central Institute of Nationalities) (CSSCI journal). (Literature Edition). 1989: 234-240. 1989-'Hamburger' and backformation. <University English>. 1989(2).

1988 - A Preliminary Account of Vowel Symbolism in Zhuang. <Minzu Yuwen> (Minority Languages of China) (CSSCI journal). 1988(4): 48-50, Ethnic Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

1987 - An “ideograph” in English. <Kaituo> (Explorer). 1987(2):43. Bimonthly of Graduate Student Union of Central Institute of Nationalities.


Workshops and conferences: Workshops and conferences:

2011-The peoples who live by classifying things - the importance and cultural significant of the Kam-Tai classifiers. As the presenter. Seminar in School of Arts and Social Sciences, James Cook University. 13/7/2011. As keynote presenter of 18th International Conference on Korean Linguistics, Xuzhou, China. 7/7/2012.

2011-The Tai-Kadai peoples: their languages, cultures and histories. As one of the presenters. Workshop: Roots of linguistic diversity, Cairns Institute, James Cook University, 9/6/2011.

2010-Tracing the extensive diffusion of a naughty verb. As the presenter. Workshop of Language and Culture. Cairns Institute. James Cook University. 03/11/2010.

2010-Possession in Maonan. Possession and Ownership International Workshop. As one of the presenters, co-chairman. Cairns Institute. James Cook University. 27/9/2010.

2010-Sketch of expression of perception and cognition in Maonan. As the presenter. Workshop of Language and Culture. Cairns Institute. James Cook University. 18/8/ 2010.

2010-Must Soul be lost when Meat is attained? (The interrelation between culture retaining and economic development in the Maonan area in China). Second prize winner of Bright Ideas Competition. School of Arts and Social Sciences. James Cook University. 22/7/2010.

2010-The focus marker ko3 and emphatic construction in Maonan and Lao. As the presenter. Workshop of Language and Culture. Cairns Institute. James Cook University. 28/4/ 2010.

2010-Numbering system in Maonan. As the presenter. Workshop of Language and Culture. Cairns Institute. James Cook University. 22/3/2010.

2010-Introduction to Reduplication in East Asia. As the presenter. Workshop of Language and Culture. Cairns Institute. James Cook University. 15/1/ 2010.

2009-Little Red Cap in South China — the linguistic cause of folktale variation. As one of the presenters. Presented at conference 'Tropics of the Imagination'. School of Arts and Social Sciences. James Cook University. 3/11/2009.

2009-How language influences our thinking. Panel member in Interactive talk-back session 'Language we live by' conducted by the Panel consisting of Prof. Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald (chair), Prof. R. M. W. (Bob) Dixon, Dr. Anne Schwarz, Dr. Tianqiao Lu. James Cook University. 15/11/2009.

2009-Tracing the origin of Army Language in Guangxi. Seminar for 30th Anniversary of journal. Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of China Social Sciences Academy and Central University of Nationalities. Beijing. 27-29/8/2009.

2009-TV series "The happy Maonan villages". Panel member of "Ballads in China", TV series of China Central Television (CCTV). Broadcasting from Monday to Saturday: 17-22/8/2009. ( )

2006-The flirting implications in Maonan welcome songs. Seminar ‘Linguistics of Song’. Department of Linguistics, La Trobe University, Australia. 25/9/2006.

2004-The Myth of protolanguage. Postgraduate Conference 2004 ‘Interventions, Interactions, Interrelations’. School of languages of Melbourne University, Australia. 15/11/2004.


Award: Award:

2010-Second prize winner of the FAESS Bright Ideas Contest 2010 (Early Career Researcher) for his entry Must Soul be lost when Meat is attained?. 26/7/2010


Mike's home page: Mike's home page:

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Contact: Contact:

Email: lutianqiao@maonan.org