Assistant Professor

(03)571-2121 ext.58103
Humanities Bldg. 3, R315

Research Interests

sluicing ♦ ‘argumentless’ sentences ♦ fragment answers (V-stranding) VP-ellipsis ♦ null pronominals and comparative constructions ♦ topic and focus ♦ filler-gap dependency


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Ph.D, 2014. Linguistics

National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

M.A, 2006. Linguistics

National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan

B.A, 2003. Foreign Languages and Literature

Academic Positions

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Chiao Tung University

Assistant Professor, 2016.2-present

Extension School, Harvard University

Summer-school Instructor, 2015.6-2015.8

Department of Linguistics, Harvard University

College Fellow, 2014.9-2015.6



2011 Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University


2013 Dissertation Fellowship, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation                                      2012 Harvard University Dissertation Completion Fellowship                                    2011 Harvard Fairbanks Center Conference Travel Grant                                          2010 Harvard Fairbanks Center Conference Travel Grant                                          2010 Harvard Summer School Tuition Fellowship

Administration and Service

Reviewer of International Journal of Chinese Linguistics. 2017

Reviewer of Linguistic Inquiry. 2017

Reviewer of Journal of East Asian Linguistics. 2017

Reviewer of Studies in Chinese Linguistics. 2016

Reviewer of Language and Linguistics. 2016

Reviewer of Current Research in Chinese Linguistics. 2016

Reviewer of Journal of East Asian Linguistics. 2016

Reviewer of Concentric. 2016

Reviewer of Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. 2016

Reviewer of Lingua Sinica. 2015

Reviewer of Language and Linguistics. 2015

Reviewer of Studies in Chinese Linguistics. 2015

Senior thesis reviewer, Harvard University. 2015

Reviewer of Lingua. 2014

Reviewer of Journal of East Asian Linguistics. 2014

Reviewer of International Journal of Bilingualism. 2013

Reviewer of Lingua. 2013

Senior thesis reviewer, Marlboro College. 2012

Reviewer of Peaches and Plums: In Honor of Rudy Troike. 2011

Editor of NACCL-22 & IACL-18 proceedings. 2011

Member of Organizing Committee, IACL-18 and NACCL-22, Harvard University. 2010

Colloquium Organizer, Department of Linguistics, Harvard University. 2009-2010.


PUBLICATIONSC.-M. Louis Liu. 2017. “Subjectless” Sentences and TP-ellipsis. In University System of Taiwan Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol 9, ed. by Kuan-ming Teng, Chia-chi Wang, and Ying-an Chen, 125-135. National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu,Taiwan.

C.-M. Louis Liu. 2015. Interpreting Subject pro Cross-linguistically. In Proceedings of the 45th North East Linguistic Society (NELS 45), Vol 2, ed. by Thuy Bui and Deniz Özyildiz, 135-144. GLSA Publications, MA.

C.-M. Louis Liu. 2014. Mandarin Comparative Constructions. In Language and Linguistics Monograph Series 54: Peaches and Plums, ed. by C.-T. James Huang and Feng-Hsi Liu, 135-152. Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.

C.-M. Louis  Liu. 2014. The Bare Comparative in Mandarin. In MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 69: Proceedings of the MIT Workshop on Comparatives, ed. by Michael Erlewine and Yasutada Sudo. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA.

C.-M. Louis Liu. 2013. Mandarin Parasitic Gaps.  University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics 19.1. University of Pennsylvania, PA.

C.-M. Louis Liu. 2012. Licensors for Parasitic Gaps in Mandarin Chinese. Proceedings of GLOW in Asia IX for Young Scholars. Mie University, Japan.

C.-M. Louis Liu. 2012. Chinese as an Exceed-type Language. Proceedings of IACL-18 & NACCL-22. Harvard University, MA.

C.-M. Louis Liu. 2011. On Adjectives in Mandarin Chinese. Proceedings of GLOW in Asia VIII. Beijing Language and Culture University, China.

Lin, T.-H. Jonah and C.-M. Louis Liu. 2009. ‘Again’ and ‘Again’: A grammatical Analysis of You and Zai in Mandarin Chinese. Linguistics 47-5:1183-1120.



Invited presentations

‘Argumentless’ Sentences and Ellipsis. National University of Singapore, Singapore, 2015.

‘Argumentless’ Sentences and Ellipsis. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2015.

Apparent and Genuine Null-subject Sentences. National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, 2014.

Mandarin ‘Subjectless’ Sentences. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, 2014.

Missing Arguments and Syntactic Identity. Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 2013.

Conference/workshop presentations

Embedded short answers to wh-questions. The 11th International Workshop on Theoretical East Asian Linguistics (TEAL-11). Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. 2017 

‘Objectless’ sentences and V-stranding VP-ellipsis. Grasping Ellipsis: its syntax, semantics, acquisition and processing. University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, 2015.

Interpreting Subject pro Cross-linguistically. North East Linguistic Society 45 (NELS 45).Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, 2014.

‘Subjectless’ Sentences and Ellipsis. GLOW-in-Asia X. National Tsing Hua University,Taiwan, 2014.

Licensing Null Objects in Mandarin Chinese. Linguistic Society of America, MN, 2014.

Mandarin Parasitic Gaps. Penn. Linguistics Colloquium 36 (PLC 36). University of Pennsylvania, PA, 2012.

Pseudo-parasitic Gaps in Mandarin Chinese. GLOW-in-Asia for young scholars. Mie University, Japan, 2011.

Pseudo-parasitic Gaps in Mandarin Chinese. East Coast Syntax Workshop (ECO-5). MIT,Cambridge, MA, 2011.

The Bare Comparative in Chinese. MIT Workshop on Comparatives. MIT, Cambridge, MA,2010.

On Adjectives in Mandarin Chinese. GLOW-in-Asia VIII. Beijing, China, 2010. Chinese as an Exceed-type Language. The 18th International Association of Chinese Linguistics & 22nd North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics Joint Meeting  (IACL-18 & NACCL-22). Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2010.

Degree Modification of Adjectives in Mandarin Chinese. The 4th International Workshop on Theoretical East Asian Linguistics (TEAL-4). The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2007.

Degree Modification of Adjectives in Mandarin Chinese. The International Symposium of Cambridge-Connecticut-Hyderabad-Nanzan-Siena-Tsing Hua consortium for Linguistics. National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, 2007.

An Analysis of You and Zai in Mandarin Chinese. The 14th Annual Conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics &10th International Symposium on Chinese Languages and Linguistics Joint Meeting (IACL-14 & IsCCL-10). Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, 2006. (with Jonah Lin)

Degree Modification in Mandarin Chinese. The 7th Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop. National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, 2006.

You and Zai: Again and Again. The 17th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-17). Monterey, CA, 2005.