Wang, Qian

Faculty Lecturer

Contact Information:

Office: 3-20 Pembina Hall
Office phone: +1 (780) 492-2833


Ph.D., Department of Linguistics, University of Victoria (2009)
M.A., Department of Foreign Languages, Tsinghua Univeristy, China (2002)
B.A., Department of Foreign Languages, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China (1999)

Research Interests:

I am interested in Chinese phonology and phonetics. I have conducted research on the phonological system and the phonetic details of Mandarin rhythmic structure and have also been involved in the examination of the acoustic features of different dialects of Chinese, including Shanghainese, Cantonese, Taiwanese (Min). I am also interested in the features of Chinese tones and unique consonants.

Another important research interests of mine is second language acquisition of the phonetic and phonological systems, which includes the acquisition of Chinese segmental and suprasegmental features by native speakers of English and the acquisition of English segmental and suprasegmental features by native Chinese speakers. More specifically, I am interested in how the native language system interfere with or facilitate the learning of the target language sound system and the implication for language teaching.

Teaching Areas:

Chinese language, Chinese grammar and Chinese linguistics system


Fall 2009:
CHINA201 A1/A2: Basic Chinese III
CHINA308: Introduction to Chinese Linguistics

Winter 2010:
CHINA202 B1/B2: Basic Chinese IV
CHINA208: Overview of Chinese Language System

Selected Recent Publications:

Wang, Q. & Hua Lin (2009). L1 transfer in L2 English rhythm acquisition. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Language Transfer in Second Language Acquisition, Mar 21-22, Shanghai, China


Wang, Q. & Tae-Jin Yoon (2008). The Transfer of L1 Acoustic Cues in the Perception of L2 Lexical Stress. Canadian Acoustics, 36(3),126-127.


Wang, Q. (2008). L2 stress perception: The reliance on different acoustic cues. Speech Prosody 2008. Campinas, Brazil, 135-138


Lin, H. & Wang, Q. (2008). Interlanguage Rhythm in the English Production of Mandarin Speakers. The 8th Phonetic Conference of China and the International Symposium of Phonetic Frontiers, Beijing, China


Lin, H. & Wang, Q. (2007). Mandarin rhythm: An acoustic study. Chinese Linguistics and Computing, 17(3), 127-140


Bird, S. & Wang, Q. (2007). LING380 Acoustic phonetics: Lab Manual. Victoria, B.C., Canada: University of Victoria.


Wang, Q (2006). A prosodic analysis of disyllabicity in Chinese hypocoristics. Working Papers of the Linguistic Circle, 18, 107-121.


Wang, Q. & Lin, H. (2005). An instrumental study of Mandarin rhythm. Paper presented at the 13th Annual Meeting of the International Association for Chinese Linguistics, June 9-11, Leiden, the Netherlands.