Yi Liu

School of English

Research Student


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Yi Liu
School of English

I am a fourth-year PhD researcher in English Languages and Linguistics. My thesis is on Meaning of Plurals: A Case from L1 Mandarin Chinese Speakers and Mandarin Chinese Adult Learners of L2 English. A selection of my publications can be found on ResearchGate. My other major research activities from 2021 to 2022 include: 

Invited Talks:
Interpretations of Plurals: A Crosslinguistic Case of L1-Chinese and L2-English (July 2022, Japan) with Dr Kook-Hee Gil, at Seminar Series of JSPS Core-to-Core Programme (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science).

Liu, Y. & Gil, K. H. (Poster, May 2022, Norway). Second Language Acquisition of English Plurals by Chinese ESL Speakers, at GASLA 16 – Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition.

  • Liu, Y. & Gil, K.H. (November 2021). The Interpretations of Chinese Plurals, at the 46th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD), with Paula Menyuk Award in recognition of one of the top-rated abstracts authored by a student.
  • Liu, Y. & Gil, K.H. (September 2021). Chinese plurals are not exclusively exclusive: experimental evidence by Chinese children, at the Linguistics Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (LAGB) Annual Meeting 2021.
  • Liu, Y. (February 2021). How to use the experiment builder GORILLA for linguistic research, at LingLunch, Sheffield.

MA Applied Linguistics with TESOL, The University of Sheffield - 2017

BA German, China University of Mining and Technology (BUMT) - 2014

Research interests
  • Language acquisition
  • Morphosyntax
  • Semantics
  • Mixed methods
Research group


  • Dr Kook-Hee Gil
  • Dr Beatriz González-Fernández
Teaching activities

Graduate teaching assistant for MA in Applied Linguistics with TESOL - Remote student support: Sep 2021 - Mar 2022.

Professional activities and memberships
  • Research Admin Assistant for the Centre for Linguistic Research at the University of Sheffield: June 2022 - present
  • Departmental Lead of the School of English for the FAIR data and Software Project at the University of Sheffield: April 2022 - present
  • Translation and Student Recruitment Assistant for the Digital Humanities Institute at the University of Sheffield: June 2021