Marjorie K.M. Chan is Associate Professor of Chinese Linguistics in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics, at The Ohio State University. A faculty member at OSU since academic year 1987-1988, her research area is Chinese linguistics, with focus on phonetics (particularly with respect to prosody-discourse interface), phonology (synchronic and diachronic), and dialectology. Recent publications include collaborative works on the Mandarin and Cantonese ToBI systems of prosodictranscripton, studies pertaining to humor, language and gender, as well as pragmatic functions of sentence-final particles. Her research interest and publications also extends to studies on written Cantonese, Chinese regional operas (with their different dialect bases), and Chinese computing, including corpus linguistics and issues concerning concordancing of Chinese e-texts.
Professor Chan advises graduate students in their M.A. and Ph.D. programs in Chinese Linguistics, and offers a full range of graduate courses in Chinese linguistics. She also advises Chinese majors and teaches an undergraduate course in Chinese linguistics, as well as two culture-oriented courses. One of these is traditional Chinese Culture (GEC course) and the other Chinese opera (addressing both national and regional varieties). Three additional undergraduate courses in Chinese linguistics will be offered in DEALL under the new semester system (beginning Autumn 2012). Yet to be proposed is a new Asian American studies course for students in the upper-undergraduate/graduate level, to be entitled, “Language, Ethnic Identity, and the Asian American Experience.” All Professor Chan's courses are taught in multimedia classrooms, integrating course assignments and classroom activities with computer technology.