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Yaqiong Cui
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Yaqiong received her B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language at East China Normal University, Shanghai. From 2009-2012, she studied in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for her M.A. degree. During that period, she also worked as a Teaching Assistant teaching Chinese to undergraduates at U of I. She joined the SLS program at MSU in Fall 2012.

Research Interests:

Psycholinguistics, Chinese SLA, and second language reading.


Cui, Y. (2013). L2 processing of relative clauses in Mandarin. Arizona Working Papers in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, 20 (pp. 20-39). 

Yao, Y. & Cui, Y. (2010). The Effects of Interword Spacing on CSL Reading: A Comparison between English-speaking and Thai-speaking Readers of Chinese, Proceedings of Research in Reading Chinese and Related Asian Languages Conference. 


Cui, Y. (2013, November). Native and non-native processing of relative clauses in Mandarin, paper to be presented at American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2013, November 22-24, Orlando, FL.

Cui, Y. (2013, October and November). Verb bias and the processing of temporarily ambiguous sentences in Mandarin, paper to be presented at Second Language Research Forum 2013 (SLRF).October 31-Noverber 2, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.

Cui, Y. (2013, April). Using verb bias in processing temporarily ambiguous sentences in Mandarin: A pilot study, paper presented at 2013 SLA Graduate Student Symposium, April 19-20, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.

Cui, Y. (2012, October). Native and non-native processing of short- and long-distance filler-gap dependencies in Mandarin. Poster presented at Second Language Research Forum 2012 (SLRF), Oct. 18-21, Pittsburgh, PA.

Cui, Y. (2012, March). Relative clause processing in Mandarin. Poster presented in 2012 Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics (GURT), March 9, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Cui, Y. (2011, May). L2 learners' Chinese relative clause processing. Poster presented in Third SLATE Graduate Research Symposium, May 5, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Cui, Y. (2010, November). Teaching Chinese characters: Raising phonetic awareness in L2 Chinese learners. Presented in Fifth Annual Foreign Language Share Fair, Nov. 29, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Cui, Y. (2010, February). Consistency, regularity, and frequency effects in producing Chinese characters. Paper presented in 19th Annual Graduate Conference on East Asia, Feb. 5, Columbia University, New York.

Cui, Y. (2009, November). Contextualized activities in L2 classroom, presented in Fourth Annual Foreign Language Share Fair, November 13, UIUC.