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Hong Guang (Ian) Ying, PhD

Associate Professor

E-mail: Hong Guang (Ian) Ying
Office Location: 1050 9th St. Park 100
Phone: (303) 556-6728
Fax: (303) 556-2959

Office Hours: F 10:00-12:00, or by appointment

Education & Degrees

PhD, Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, University of Arizona, 1997

MA, English as a Second Language, University of Arizona, 1993

BA, English Language and Literature, East China Normal University, 1982


Dr. Ying publishes and teaches in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. He is the author of Investigating Reconstruction in a Second Language (Lincom Europa 2003). His current research focuses on Relevance-based pragmatics and Second Language Acquisition. His research interests also include the interface between cognition and second language acquisition.

Select Publications


Genre as Social Indexicality: A Cross-Cultural analysis of English and Chinese poems. Semiotica 177, 197-208.


The linguistic, social and cultural dimensions of multicultural Festschriften. Arizona Papers in SLAT, 150-165.


L2 Learners’ Interpretation of Opeartor-variable binding in VP-Ellipsis. In ZhaoHong Han (ed.), Understanding Second Language Process (pp. 148-159). Clevedon: Multilingual Matters


Relevance and L2 learners' interpretation of reflexive anaphora in VP-ellipsis: An exploration of the relationship between relevance theory and typological universals.Journal of Language Universal 6, 159-194.


Relevance and second language learners' interpretation of reflexive anaphora in VP-Ellipsis. Language Sciences, 27, 551-570.


Relevance mapping: A study of L2 learners’ processing of ambiguous sentences in English. Second Language Research, 20, 232-255.


The semiotic, social and cognitive dimensions of a Japanese festschrift. Semiotica, 137, 41-56.

On the origins of contrastive rhetoric: A reply to Matsuda. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 11, 261-266.


The origin of contrastive rhetoric revisited. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 10, 99-108.


Courses Taught

English 6220 Second Language Writing

English 5171 Language Theory

English 5601 Principles and Practices of Second Language Acquisition

English 5190 Intercultural Communication

English 2070 Grammar, Rhetoric and Style