Career

Chris Wen-Chao Li, M.Phil., D.Phil. Professor of Chinese Linguistics Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, San Francisco State University 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132, USA +1 415 338 1034 | wenchao@sfsu.edu

 

Education

Oxford University

 

D.Phil., Linguistics, July 1997

  • Dissertation: “A Diachronically-Motivated Segmental Phonology of Mandarin Chinese”
  • Advisor: John S. Coleman

 

M.Phil., Linguistics, January 1993

  • Thesis: “Four Mergers in the Mandarin Finals of the Speech of Taipei”
  • Advisor: Bruce C. Connell

National Taiwan University

 

B.Sc., Mathematics, June 1990

 

Professional Experience

San Francisco State University

 

Professor, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures (2012-present)

  • Taught courses in linguistics, translation, interpreting, media & Chinese (see Appendix for complete list)
  • Served as member of Academic Senate (2011-present)

 

Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures (2005-2012)

  • Taught courses in linguistics, translation theory, and Chinese language (see Appendix for complete list)
  • Served as Coordinator of Strategic Language Initiative Certificate Program in Translation (2009-2012)
  • Served as member of Academic Senate (2004-2007; 2008-2011)

 

Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures (2000-2005)

  • Taught graduate courses in linguistics, translation and interpretation 
  • Taught undergraduate courses in linguistics, media and Chinese language 
  • Served as graduate coordinator and graduate/undergraduate advisor

Monterey Institute of International Studies / Middlebury College

 

Adjunct Professor, Graduate Institute of Translation, Interpretation & Language Ed. (2012)

  • Taught graduate courses in Chinese-English translation

The Russellmark Group (Specialists in the Language of the Marketplace)

 

Chinese language consultant (2001-present)

  • Advised corporate clients on the suitability of potential brand names for use in the Chinese market

National Taiwan Normal University

 

Assistant Professor, Department of English / Graduate School of English (1998-2000)

  • Taught graduate courses in semantics, phonology, and historical linguistics
  • Taught undergraduate courses in linguistics, writing, and English language

 

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Graduate Institute of Translation & Interpretation (1998-2000)

  • Taught graduate courses in translation, media, and writing

University of Minnesota

 

Lecturer, Institute of Linguistics & Asian & Slavic Languages & Literatures (1997-1998)

  • Taught Chinese poetry and lower division Chinese language

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

 

Current Affairs Producer, BBC World Service / Chinese Service (1995-1997)

  • News production, interviewing, translation, radio broadcasting

Oxford University

 

Tutor in Phonetics / Phonlogy, Faculty of English (1993-1996)

  • Taught phonetics and phonology to undergraduate students in tutorial groups

Research Assistant, Phonetics Laboratory (1994)

  • Tested and evaluated speech recognition software