Ruey-Jiuan Regina Wu, Ph.D.


Ruey-Jiuan Regina Wu is Professor of Chinese and Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and Asian/Middle Eastern Languages at San Diego State University. She received a Master’s degree in TESOL from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from UCLA. Prior to joining SDSU in 1999, Professor Wu has taught at UCLA and the University of Washington. She has served, by invitation, as the external evaluator for the 2005 Chinese Summer Institute on Pragmatics in the Chinese as a Foreign Language Classroom, jointly sponsored by the East Asian National Research Center and the National Foreign Language Research Center of the University of Hawaii-Manoa. She has also participated in several language testing projects, including the co-development of a nation-wide preparation test for the SAT-II Chinese Language Test, and has also been involved in projects related to K-12 Chinese language education and teacher-training in the San Diego area.

Professor Wu’s research centers on the naturalistic study of language use. Her research interests include conversation analysis, pragmatics, functional linguistics, and language assessment. Her book, Stance in Talk: A conversation analysis of Mandarin final particles (2004, John Benjamins), explores how participants in Mandarin conversation display stance in the unfolding development of action and interaction through the use of two Mandarin final particles, and is one of the pioneering conversation analytic studies of Mandarin Chinese.

Selected Publications

Scholarly Book

Wu, R. (2004). Stance in Talk: A Conversation Analysis of Mandarin Final Particles. Amsterdam/Philadelphia, John Benjamins (Pragmatics and Beyond New Series 117).

Journal Articles & Book Chapters

Wu, R. (in press). “Doing conversation analysis in Mandarin Chinese: Basic methods.” Chinese Language and Discourse, 7, 2.

Wu, R. (in press). “Turn design and progression: Aiyou in Mandarin conversation.”Chinese Language and Discourse, 7, 2.

Wu, R. (in press). “Turn design and progression: The use of aiyou in Mandarin conversation.” In Heritage, J., and Sorjonen, M.-L. (eds.), Turn-Initial Particles across Languages. Amsterdam/Philadelphia, John Benjamins.

Wu, R. and Heritage, J. (in press). “Particles and epistemics: Convergences and divergences between English and Mandarin.” In Lerner, G., Raymond, G., and Heritage, J. (eds.), Enabling Human Conduct: Naturalistic Studies of Talk-in-Interaction in Honor of Emanuel A. Schegloff. Amsterdam/Philadelphia, John Benjamins.

Thompson, S. A., and Wu, R. (in press). “Introduction.” Chinese Language and Discourse, 7, 2.

Wu, R. (2014). “Managing turn entry: The design of EI-prefaced turns in Mandarin conversation.” Journal of Pragmatics, 66, 139-161. PDF

Wu, R. (2013). “Native and non-native students' interaction with a text-based prompt.” Assessing Writing, 18, 3, 202-217.

Wu, R. (2012). “Self-praising through reporting: Strategic use of two reporting practices in Mandarin conversation.” Discourse Processes, 49, 8, 622-659. PDF

Wu, R. (2011). “A conversation analysis of self-praising in everyday Mandarin interaction.” Journal of Pragmatics, 43, 13, 3152-3176. PDF

Wu, R. (2009). “Repetition in the initiation of repair.” In Sidnell, J. (ed.), Conversation Analysis: Comparative Perspectives, pp. 31-59. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics Series).

Wu, R. (2006). “Initiating repair and beyond: The use of two repeat-formatted practices in Mandarin conversation.” Discourse Processes, 41, 1, 67-109. PDF

Wu, R. (2005). “‘There is more here than meets the eye!’: The use of final ou in two sequential positions in Mandarin Chinese conversation.” Journal of Pragmatics, 37, 7, 967-995. PDF

Wu, R. (2002). “Discourse-pragmatic principles for temporal reference in Mandarin Chinese conversation.” Studies in Language, 26, 3, 513-541. PDF

Wu, R. (1997). “Transforming participation frameworks in multi-party Mandarin conversation: The use of discourse particles and body behavior. Issues in Applied Linguistics, 8, 2, 97-117. PDF

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