Associate Professor, received his Ph.D. in Linguistics from
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the coordinator of the
Chinese language program in the Department of Modern and Classical
Languages. His research interests include phonetics, phonology and
In addition to teaching Chinese courses at all levels at USF,
Dr. Li has been actively involved in promoting Chinese language
teaching and testing in the Bay Area. He was invited to speak at
the Chinese Language Teachers Association Workshop in California,
and the StarTalk Chinese Language Pedagogy Workshop at UC
Dr. Li's recent research is focused on the relation
between tone realization and prosodic prominence, phonetic
enhancement and its effect on phonological feature preservation,
intonational structures, and production and perception of tones by
non-native speakers of Chinese.
Dr. Li was also co-organizer of the 24th Annual North American
Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-24).