Hooi Ling Soh
My research focuses on syntax and the interaction between syntax and other components of grammar, with the broad goal of determining how human languages are the same and how they may vary. In recent years, my research has focused on the syntax and semantics of discourse particles, linguistic representation of aspectual information, the role of aspect in argument realization, and how aspect may vary across languages. Additional research interests include the representation and interpretation of ellipsis, the structure of verb phrases and the structure of wh-questions. My research has received support from the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, the Pacific Cultural Foundation, the Graduate School and the College of Liberal Arts of the University of Minnesota.
Educational Background & Specialties
- Ph.D.: Linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1998.
- M.A.: Linguistics, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada, 1994.
- Syntax-Semantics Interface
- Ling 5001 - Introduction to Linguistics (Graduate)
- Ling 5201 - Syntactic Theory I
- Ling 5202 - Syntactic Theory II
- Ling 8210 - Seminar in Syntax (Word order and scrambling; Ellipsis; The syntax of aspect; Voice and aspect)
- Honors Seminar: Linguistics in the media and beyond
- LING 5900/8900 Topics in Linguistics (Syntax and semantics of Southeast Asian Languages)
Research & Professional Activities
- Editorial Board: Natural Language and Linguistic Theory , December 2014 - Present
- Editorial Board: Journal of East Asian Linguistics , October 2008 - Present
- Standing committee: International Symposium on Malay/Indonesian Linguistics (ISMIL) , July 2011 - Present
- International advisory board member of Jurnal e-Bangi Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (e-Bangi Journal National University of Malaysia) : October 2010 - Present
- The 30th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society (SEALS-30), University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, United States. Hmong sentence final particle li as a polarity sensitive emphatic marker, May 18-22, 2020. [Abstract accepted; meeting cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic]
- University of Minnesota community-engaged Hmong linguistics group. On the particle li in Hmong, February 2020.
- The 23rd International Symposium on Malay/Indonesian Linguistics, Banyuwangi, Indonesia. Colloquial Malay sentence final punya and preverbal modal auxiliary mesti, July 2019.
- The 22th International Symposium on Malay/Indonesian Linguistics, UCLA. The role of aspect in the acceptability of epistemic modals in questions: Evidence from Colloquial Malay, May 2018.
- Indiana University Linguistics Club Colloquium, On the discourse particle punya and epistemic modal auxiliary mesti in Colloquial Malay, April 20, 2018.
- The 92nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA), Salt Lake City, Utah. Mandarin Chinese sentence final de as a marker of private evidence, January 2018.
- The 92nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA), Salt Lake City, Utah. Parenthetical I’m telling you as a marker of private evidence, January 2018 [with Brian Reese].
- Invited Presentation. University of Chicago, The Morphology and Syntax Workshop. Evidentiality and modality: The case of the discourse particle punya in Colloquial Malay, November 4, 2016.
- The 20th International Symposium on Malay/Indonesian Linguistics, Melbourne, Australia. On certain distributional restrictions on the discourse particle punya in Colloquial Malay, July 2016.
- Keynote Presentation. The 23rd Annual Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, Japan. Evidentiality, modality, focus and presupposition: The case of the discourse particle punya in Colloquial Malay, June 10-12, 2016.
- Hmong Linguistics Reading/Research Group: The research/reading group on Hmong linguistics is a project in partnership with Pang Yang (Hmong for native speakers teacher, Park Central High School, Brooklyn Park), Jenna Cushing-Leubner (Assistant Professor, College of Education, UW-Whitewater) and the Lub Zej Zog project to offer continuing education credits to Hmong language teachers in the K-12 system. The group, whose members include faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in Linguistics, meets weekly to discuss research on Hmong linguistics and develop materials for presentations to Hmong language teachers, who join the group at regular intervals over the course of the year. ,
- Soh, Hooi Ling (forthcoming). On the discourse particle dah in Colloquial Malay (and sudah in Sabah Malay). In Eric McCready, Hiroki Nomoto and Yuki Takubo (eds.), Descriptive and Theoretical Studies of Discourse Particles in Asian Languages. Abingdon: Routledge.
- Soh, Hooi Ling (2019). Colloquial Malay discourse particle punya as a modal evidential. Oceanic Linguistics 58 (2): 386-413.
- Nomoto, Hiroki and Hooi Ling Soh (2018). Malay. In The Mainland Southeast Asia Linguistic Area. Alice Vittrant and Justin Watkins (eds.). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
- Soh, Hooi Ling (2018). Mandarin Chinese sentence final de as a marker of private evidence. In Proceedings of the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA).
- Reese, Brian and Hooi Ling Soh (2018). Parenthetical I’m telling you as a marker of private evidence. In Proceedings of the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA).
- Soh, Hooi Ling (2017). Awalan meN- dalam bahasa Melayu: Satu morfem atau dua morfem? (The prefix meN- in Malay: One morpheme or two?). In Aspek Teori Sintaksis Bahasa Melayu (Aspects of Malay Syntax), Rogayah A. Razak (ed.). Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.
- Fortin, Catherine and Hooi Ling Soh (to appear). Blocking effects and the verbal prefix ber- in Malay and Indonesian. In Proceedings of the 20th Annual Meeting of Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association
- Soh, Hooi Ling (2016). Aspect. In Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Rint Sybesma, Wolfgang Behr, Gu Yueguo, Zev Handel and C.-T. James Huang (eds.). Leiden: Brill.
- Soh, Hooi Ling, and Hiroki Nomoto (2015). Degree achievements, telicity and the verbal prefix meN- in Malay. Journal of Linguistics 51(1): 147-183.
- Soh, Hooi Ling (2014). Aspect and tense. In The Handbook of Chinese Linguistics. C.-T. James Huang, Y. H. Audrey Li and Andrew Simpson (eds.). 126-155. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
- Fortin, Catherine and Hooi Ling Soh (2014). Blocking effects and the verbal prefix ber- in Malay and Indonesian. In Proceedings of the 20th Annual Meeting of Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association, J. Sabbagh (ed.), University of Western Ontario.
- Soh, Hooi Ling (2013). Voice and aspect: Some notes from Malaysian Malay. In More on voice in languages of Indonesia, Alexander Adelaar (eds.). 141-158. NUSA 54.
- Xiao, Yun, Liang Tao and Hooi Ling Soh (eds.). (2011). Current Issues in Chinese Linguistics. New Castle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
- Soh, Hooi Ling (2011). Phonological opacity in Malay: Its relevance for constraint evaluations in the Optimality Theory. In Kajian dan Pendidikan Bahasa: Festschrift untuk Profesor Isamu Shoho (The studies and teaching of Bahasa: A festschrift for Professor Isamu Shoho), Hiroki Nomoto et al. (eds.), 118-144. Kuala Lumpur: Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka.
- Soh, Hooi Ling and Hiroki Nomoto (2011). The Malay verbal prefix meN- and the unergative/unaccusative distinction. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 20(1): 77-106
- Simpson, Andrew, Hooi Ling Soh and Hiroki Nomoto (2011). Bare classifiers and definiteness: A cross-linguistic investigation. Studies in Language 35(1): 168-193.
- Soh, Hooi Ling (2010). Voice and aspect: Some notes from Malay. In Proceedings of Workshop on Indonesian-type Voice System, 25-35. Tokyo: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.
- Soh, Hooi Ling (2009). Speaker presupposition and Mandarin Chinese sentence final –le: A unified analysis of the “change of state“ and the “contrary to expectation“ reading. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 27(3): 623-657.
- Soh, Hooi Ling and Hiroki Nomoto (2009). Progressive aspect, the verbal prefix meN-, and stative sentences in Malay. Oceanic Linguistics 48(1): 151-175.
- Soh, Hooi Ling (2008). The syntax and semantics of change/transition: Evidence from Mandarin Chinese. Theoretical and Cross-linguistic Approaches to the Semantics of Aspect, Susan Rothstein (ed.), 387-419. Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
- Soh, Hooi Ling and Meijia Gao (2008). Mandarin sentential –le, perfect and English already. In Event Structure in Linguistic Form and Interpretation, Johannes Dí¶lling, Tatjana Heyde-Zybatow and Martin Schí¤fer (eds.), 447-473. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
- Soh, Hooi Ling (2007). Ellipsis, Last Resort, and the dummy auxiliary shi “˜be’ in Mandarin Chinese. Linguistic Inquiry 38(1): 178-188.
- Soh, Hooi Ling and Meijia Gao (2007). It’s over: Verbal –le in Mandarin Chinese. In The Grammar-Pragmatics Interface: Essays in honor of Jeanettee K. Gundel, Nancy Hedberg and Ron Zacharski (eds.), 91-109. Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
- Tham, Shiao-wei and Hooi Ling Soh (2006). Discourse effects of lexical specification: the case of the Mandarin aspectual particle –le. In Proceedings of KONVENS 2006, Miriam Butt (ed.), 181-188. Konstanz, Germany: University of Konstanz.
- Soh, Hooi Ling and Meijia Gao (2006). Perfective aspect and transition in Mandarin Chinese: An analysis of double –le sentences. In Proceedings of 2004 Texas Linguistics Society Conference: Issues at the Semantics-Pragmatics Interface, Pascal Denis, Eric McCready, Alexis Palmer and Brian Reese (eds.), 107-122. Somerville, Mass.: Cascadilla Press.
- Soh, Hooi Ling (2005). Wh-in-situ in Mandarin Chinese. Linguistic Inquiry 36(1): 143-155.
- Soh, Hooi Ling (2005). Mandarin distributive quantifier GE “˜each’, the structures of double complement constructions and the verb-preposition distinction. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 14(2),155-173.
- Soh, Hooi Ling and Jenny Yi-Chun Kuo (2005). Perfective aspect and accomplishment situations in Mandarin Chinese. In Perspectives on Aspect, Angeliek van Hout, Henriette de Swart and Henk Verkuyl (eds.), 199-216. Dordrecht: Springer.
- Soh, Hooi Ling (2003). Antecedent-contained deletion constructions in Mandarin Chinese. In Proceedings of North East Linguistic Society (NELS 33), Makoto Kadowaki and Shigeto Kawahara (eds), 367-378. Amherst, Mass.: GLSA Publications.
- Soh, Hooi Ling (1999). Object scrambling in Chinese: A comparison with scrambling in Dutch and German. In Proceedings of North Eastern Linguistic Society (NELS 29), Volume 2, Pius Tamanji, Masako Hirotani and Nancy Hall (eds), 129-144. Amherst, Mass.: GLSA Publications.
- Soh, Hooi Ling (2001). The syntax and semantics of phonological phrasing in Shanghai and Hokkien. Journal of East Asian Linguistics 10(1). 37-80.
- Soh, Hooi Ling (1998). Scrambling in double complement constructions. In Proceedings of Western Conference of Linguistics (WECOL 10), Elly van Gelderen and Vida Samiian (eds), 452-467. Arizona State University, Tempe.
- Soh, Hooi Ling (1998). Object scrambling in Chinese: A closer look at post-duration/frequency phrase positions. In Proceedings of North Eastern Linguistic Society (NELS 28), Volume 2, Pius Tamanji and Kiyomi Kusumoto (eds), 197-211. Amherst, Mass.: GLSA Publications.
- Soh, Hooi Ling (1998). Certain restrictions on A-bar movement in Malay. In Proceedings of the Third and Fourth Meetings of Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association 1996-1999, Matthew Pearson (ed), 295-308. Department of Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles.
- Soh, Hooi Ling (1994). External arguments and ter- in Malay. In Proceedings of the 1994 Annual Conference of the Canadian Linguistic Association, Volume 2, Päivi Koskinen (ed.), 535-546. Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto.
- CLA Seed Grants for Social Science Research, 2020.
- CLA Seed Grant for Hard-to-Fund Research, 2018-2019.
- Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange Grant for Professors. Scholar Grant for the project titled New Approaches to the study of the discourse (sentence final) particle DE in Mandarin Chinese, 2016-2017.
- Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. Joint Research Project Grant (PI: Eric McCready) for the research project titled Semantics of discourse particles in East and Southeast Asian Languages, 2015.
- Imagine Fund Annual Awards, 2015.