Weihua Zhu

Credentials: Associate Professor of Chinese Linguistics

Email: wzhu34@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-9218

1264 Van Hise Hall



Areas of Expertise:

Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Applied Linguistics


Ph.D, University of Florida

Research Interests:

Weihua’s current research interests include Interactional features of Mandarin Chinese speakers in natural conversation, speech behavior and pragmatic perception and teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

Selected Publications:

Chen, X. & Zhu, W. 2023. Exploiting language affordances in Chinese–mediated intercultural communication. Intercultural Pragmatics 20(5), 495–519.

Zhu, W. 2023. Developmental pragmatics. In M. Aronoff (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199772810-0314

Zhu, W. 2023. Cultural norms of turn–taking in English and Chinese conversations. In M. Berkland & A. G. Buxbaum (Eds.), Intercultural Communication for the Global Business Professional. New York: Taylor Francis/Routledge.

Zhu, W. & Chen, X. 2023. Topic initiation by Korean and Chinese speakers on reality dating shows. Contrastive Pragmatics 1, 1–35.

Zhu, W. & Wang, J. 2022. Disagreement by Chinese speakers of English: Evidence of pragmatic transfer. Language Sciences 93, 101487.

Zhu, W. & Boxer, D. 2021. Turn-taking and disagreement: A comparison of American English and Mandarin Chinese. Contrastive Pragmatics 2, 227-257.

Zhu, W. 2019. Interaction in Mandarin and English as a Multilingua Franca: Context, Practice, and Perception. New York: Routledge.

Zhu, W. 2019. The Practice and Perception of Unexpected Topic Switching in Mandarin Chinese. Acta Linguistica Academica 66(2), 165-188.

Zhu, W. 2017. How do Chinese Speakers of English Manage Rapport in Extended Concurrent Speech? Multilingua 36(2), 181-204.

Zhu, W. 2017. Perceptions of Extended Concurrent Speech in Mandarin. Pragmatics 27(1), 144-170.

Boxer, D. & Zhu, W. 2017. Discourse and Second Language Learning. In S. Wortham, D. Kim & S. May. (Eds.), Discourse and Education, 297-309. Encyclopedia of Language and Education (3rd Ed.). New York: Springer.

Zhu, W. 2016. Extended Concurrent Speech and Guānxì Management in Mandarin. Text & Talk 36(5), 637-660.

Zhu, W. 2014. Rapport Management in Strong Disagreement: An Investigation of a Community of Chinese Speakers of English. Text & Talk 34(5), 641-664.

Zhu, W. 2014. Managing Relationships in Everyday Practice: The Case of Strong Disagreement in Mandarin. Journal of Pragmatics 64, 85-101.

Zhu, W. & Boxer, D. 2013. Strong Disagreement in Mandarin and ELFP: Aggressive or Politic? Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict 1(2), 194-224.

Zhu, W. & Boxer, D. 2012. Disagreement and Sociolinguistic Variables: English as a Lingua Franca of Practice in China. In J. C. Félix-Brasdefer & D. Koike (Eds.),Pragmatic Variation in First and Second Language Contexts: Methodological Issues, 113-140. John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Selected Courses:

Intermediate Chinese

Heritage Chinese

Conversational Chinese

Business Chinese

Chinese Linguistics

Chinese Pedagogy