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  Tianqiao Lu  (a.k.a. Mike)

PhD, University of Melbourne

Postdoctoral research fellow, James Cook University

Professor, School of Linguistic Sciences & Arts, Jiangsu Normal University, China

● Associate fellow, Supervisor for research higher degree candidates, Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Australia



Postdoctoral fellow, Cairns Institute of James Cook University, Australia; Ph.D., linguistics, Asia Institute of University of Melbourne, Australia; Completion of graduate sociology courses, Peking University, China; M.A., linguistics, Central University of Nationalities, China; B.A., English major, Hebei University, China

Research Interests:

Anthropological linguistics, Language and social identity, language and religion, language policies, comparative Southeast Asian linguistics.

Research Activities:

Chief Scientist of Major Project of China National Social Science Fund "The Study and Compilation of the Reference Grammar of Zhuang" (2019);

Director of China National Social Science Fund project "Tai-Kadai Classifiers from the Perspective of Nominal Categorization”(2014-2019);

Undertaker of subproject “Classifiers in Kam-Tai Languages” under the Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP0878622 “The world through the prism of language: a cross-linguistic view of genders, noun classes and classifiers” (2009-2011);

Director of Lakkja Project of China Language Protection Program of State Language Commission (2017-2018);

Director of Maonan Project of China Language Protection Program of State Language Commission (2015-2016);

Chief English editor and assessor of journal Linguistic Sciences; Assessor of Journal of the Central University for Nationalities;

Assessor of Social Science and Humanities Projects of Ministry of Education; Assessor of  National Social Science Fund Projects;

Reviewer of Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2012);

Member of Organizing Committee for “International Conference on Archaeology & Anthropology" (2013) , Antonio, Texas, USA;

Keynote presenter of 18th International conference of Korean Linguistics (2012); Book reviewer for American Anthropology (2016);

Developer of the Maonan ideographic font (2010);

Designer of Maonan writing system based on Latin alphabet (2012); Co-host of “Ballads in China” weekly program of China CCTV (2009).


Lu, Tian-Qiao. 2012. Classifiers in Kam-Tai Languages: A Cognitive and Cultural Perspective. Boca Raton (USA): Universal Publishers. 2012.  ( pdf)

Lu, Tian Qiao.  2008. A Grammar of Maonan. Boca Raton (USA): Universal Publishers. 2008.  ( pdf)

Snyder, Wil C. and Lu, Tianqiao. 1997. Wuming Zhuang tone sandhi: A phonological, syntactic, and lexical investigation. Book section in <Comparative Kadai: The Tai branch> 1997: 107-137. Jerold A. Edmondson and David B. Solnit (eds.). Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics and the University of Texas at Arlington.  ( pdf)

Lu, Tianqiao. 2019. On the Alienability of the Genitive Markers of Zhuang Language. <Guangxi Shifan Daxue Xuebao>  (Journal of Guangxi Normal University) (CSSCI journal).  2019,55(06):108-120. ( pdf)

Lu, Tianqiao. 2019. The Origin of the Focus Marker *ko in Southeast Asian Languages. <Minzu Yuwen> (Minority Languages of China) (CSSCI journal). 2019(06):19-28.( pdf)

Lu, Tianqiao. 2019. An Analysis of the Kam-Tai as Classifier-Prominent Languages. <Yuyan Kexue> (Linguistic Sciences) (CSSCI journal).  2019,18(05):472-487.( pdf)

Lu, Tianqiao. Dictionary of Kammu Yùan Language and Culture by  Jan-Olof Svantesson ,  Kàm Ràw ( Damrong Tayanin ),  Kristina Lindell , and  Håkan Lundström. 2016. Copenhagen: PB - Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study [NIAS] , 2014. 448 pp In: American Anthropologist [118]. (4). p967-968. (SSCI)

Li, Xulian & He, Siyuan (Translated by Lu, Tianqiao). 2014. An overview of ethnic language affairs. Language Situation in China: 2008-2009. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. 2014. 25-31.

Lu, Tianqiao. 2013. Tonal inflection and syntactic realization of the Kam-Tai demonstratives. <Minzu Yuwen> (Minority Languages of China) (CSSCI journal). 2013 (3): 18-27. ( pdf)

Luó Zìqún (Translated by Lù Tiānqiáo). 2013. Status quo of the Jinuo language.  Language Situation in China: 2006-2007. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. 2013. 193-202. [2]

Lu, Tianqiao. 2012. The Realization of Grammatical Aspect in Zhuang. <Yuyan Kexue> (Linguistic Sciences) (CSSCI journal). 2012 (6): 526-535. ( pdf)

Lu, Tianqiao. 2012. Analysis on the cultural functions of the Maonan Teknonymy. <Guangxi Minzu Yanjiu> (Study of Ethnics in Guangxi) (CSSCI journal). 2012 (3): 106-111. ( pdf)

Lu, Tianqiao. 2011. The interrelationship between subject and topic in Maonan. <Analects on Baiyue>. Yuan Dingsheng (ed.). Nanning: Guangxi People's Publication House. 2010 (3). ( pdf)

Lu, Tianqiao. 2009. The equivalent of Chinese 'liao1' and 'liao2' in Wuming Zhuang. <The exploration of the Zhuang language and literature (I): in memory of Professor Zhang Yuansheng--an important pioneer of the study of Zhuang language and literature>. Li Jinfang (ed.). Beijing: Publishing house of Central University of Nationalities. ( pdf)

Lu, Tianqiao. 2009. Investigation of the ‘Army Language’ and ‘Army People’ in Guangxi --- The prominent military features of Weisuo administrative system in Guangxi during Ming dynasty. <Guangxi Minzu Yanjiu> (Study of Ethnics in Guangxi) (CSSCI journal). 2009 (3). 138-144.  (Abstract. Full text: pdf)

Lu, Tianqiao. 2007. Introduction to the grammatical features of Maonan taxonomic specifier (a classifier). <Minzu Yuwen> (Minority Languages of China) (CSSCI journal). 2007 (2): 17-27. ( pdf)

Lu, Tianqiao. 2006. Complementary distribution of the placenames of Yang Ge Zhuang (the village of the Yang family) etc, and its historical significance in sound change. <Dongnan Wenhua> (Southeastern Cultures) (CSSCI journal). 2006(5): 54-58. (Abstract. Full text: pdf)

Lu, Tianqiao. 2005. Reconsideration of distribution areas of the Kam-Tai ancestors based on etymology of a daily word. <Guizhou Minzu Yanjiu> (Guizhou Ethnic Studies) (CSSCI journal). 2005 (3): 160-165. (Abstract. Full text: pdf)

Lu, Tianqiao. 2002. Adding Scores and Social Integration. <CUN Weekly> (ISSN: CN 11-0811/ (G)). 10/18/2002: 2. Central University of Nationalities.

Lu, Tianqiao. 2002. Lubricants in the Ethnic Relations in Our Country. <Sociology of Ethnicity> (No.27) 15/2/2002: 30-32. ( pdf)

Lu, Tianqiao. 1990. The historical connection between Chinese kulong ‘hole’ and Its Counterparts in Zhuang. <Studies of the Relationship of Chinese and Minority Languages>. 1990(11): 137-149. A supplementary edition of <Zhongyang Minzu Xueyuan Xuebao> (Journal of Central Institute of Nationalities) (CSSCI journal). ( pdf)

Lu, Tianqiao. 1989. On Zhuang Cognate with Mandarin shi ‘to be’. <Zhongyang Minzu Xueyuan Xuebao> (Journal of Central Institute of Nationalities) (CSSCI journal). 1989: 67-69. ( pdf)

Lu, Tianqiao. 1989. Mechanism of Change in Folklore Telling. <Zhongyang Minzu Xueyuan Xuebao> (Journal  of Central Institute of Nationalities) (CSSCI journal). (Literature Edition). 1989: 234-240. ( pdf)

Lu, Tianqiao. 1989. 'Hamburger' and backformation. <University English>. 1989(2). ( pdf)

Lu, Tianqiao. 1988. A Preliminary Account of Vowel Symbolism in Zhuang. <Minzu Yuwen> (Minority Languages of China) (CSSCI journal). 1988(4): 48-50, Ethnic Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. ( pdf)

Lu, Tianqiao. 1987. An “ideograph” in English. <Kaituo> (Explorer). 1987(2):43. Bimonthly of Graduate Student Union of Central Institute of Nationalities. ( pdf)

Lu, Tianqiao. 1984. Reexamination of the Ancient Chinese “fu” () and “zhe” () with cognates from Kam-Tai languages. Journal of Institute of Minority Language Research, Minzu University 1-21. ( pdf)

Workshops and conferences:

Tonal inflection and grammaticalization of demonstratives in Thai and beyond. As conference presenter. The 23th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society. 2013.5.31. Julalongkorn University, Thailand.

The peoples who live by classifying things - the importance and cultural significant of the Kam-Tai classifiers. As the presenter. Seminar in School of Arts and Social Sciences, James Cook University. 13-7-2011; Also as keynote presenter at 18th International Conference of Korean Linguistics (ICKL 2012). Jiangsu Normal University. July 5–July 8, 2012.

The Tai-Kadai peoples: their languages, cultures and histories. As one of the presenters. Workshop: Roots of linguistic diversity, Cairns Institute, James Cook University, 9-6-2011.

Tracing the extensive diffusion of a naughty verb. As the presenter. Workshop of Language and Culture. Cairns Institute. James Cook University. 03-11-2010.

Possession in Maonan. Possession and Ownership International Workshop.  As one of the presenters, co-chairman. Cairns Institute. James Cook University.  27-9-2010.

Sketch of expression of perception and cognition in Maonan.
As the presenter. Workshop of Language and Culture. Cairns Institute. James Cook University. 18-8- 2010.

Must Soul be lost when Meat is attained? (The interrelation between culture retaining and economic development in the Maonan area in China). Second prize winner of Bright Ideas Competition. School of Arts and Social Sciences. James Cook University. 22-7-2010.

The focus marker ko3  and emphatic construction in Maonan and Lao. As the presenter. Workshop of Language and Culture. Cairns Institute. James Cook University. 28-4- 2010.

Numbering system in Maonan.
As the presenter. Workshop of Language and Culture. Cairns Institute. James Cook University. 22-3-2010.

Introduction to Reduplication in East Asia. As the presenter. Workshop of Language and Culture. Cairns Institute. James Cook University. 15-1- 2010.

Little Red Cap in South China — the linguistic cause of folktale variation. As one of the presenters. Presented at conference 'Tropics of the Imagination'. School of Arts and Social Sciences. James Cook University. 3-11-2009. ()

How language influences our thinking. Panel member in Interactive talk-back session 'Language we live by' conducted by the Panel consisting of Prof. Alexandra (Sasha) Aikhenvald (chair), Prof. R. M. W. (Bob) Dixon, Dr. Anne Schwarz, Dr. Lu, Tianqiao. James Cook University. 15-11-2009.

Tracing the origin of Army Language in Guangxi. Seminar for 30th Anniversary of <Minzu Yuwen> journal. Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of China Social Sciences Academy and Central University of Nationalities. Beijing. 27, 29-8-2009.

The happy Maonan villages (TV series). Panel member of "Ballads in China", TV series of China Central Television  (CCTV). Broadcasting from Monday to Saturday: 17~22-8-2009. ()

Dialectic interrelationship between Subject and Topic in Maonan. As one of the presenters. The First International Symposium on Kam-Tai Linguistics. 18-12-2008. Nanning, Guangxi, China.

An Introduction to Maonan Folk Religion. Presented in Baillieu Library of University of Melbourne, Australia. 26 -11-2006.

The flirting implications in Maonan welcome songs. Presented in Workshop ‘Linguistics of Song’ in Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University, Australia, 25-9-2006.

Teknonymy in Maonan. Presented at the 38th International Sino-Tibetan Conference. Xiamen University, Fujian, China. 28, 31-10-2005.

The Myth of protolanguage. Presented at Postgraduate Conference 2004 ‘Interventions, Interactions, Interrelations’, in School of languages of Melbourne University, Australia. 14, 15-11-2004.

An introduction to the current policies towards the minority nationalities in China. Colloquium on minority policies in US and China. Kansas, Missouri, USA. 30-12-1986.

The Issue of Minority Policies in the New Era. Postgraduate Seminar. Central University of Nationalities. 7-7-1985.

Honours and awards:

Honorary Citizenship of Kansas City, Missouri, USA, when visiting Kansas, for his contribution to the bilateral understanding of the ethnic minority policies of the US and China. 1986.

Certificate of Official Welcome by Council of Los Angles, USA, when meeting Mayor Tom Bradley in Los Angeles Council, LA County. 1986.