Professor of School of Foreign Language

Phone: 02787558365


Academic Areas: pragmatics, lexicography

Wenxiu Yang is a professor of English linguistics at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST). Her research interest covers bilingual lexicography and pragmatics. Her current study focuses on implicit conflict talk, which falls into the scope of conversation analysis, pragmatics. Her publications include Chinese and international scholarly journals. She is also the chief editor of two textbooks for advanced English learners. 

Academic Degrees

1985.9-1989.6  Hubei University  BA

1996.9-1999.6   Hubei University  MA

2001.9-2004.6  Nanjing University  Ph.D

Professional Experience

1989.7-2005.7  Wuhan University of Technology – Teaching assistant, Lecturer, Associate Professor

2003.9-2004.9  University of Reading, UK. – visitor

2005.8-present  Huazhong University of Science & Technology – Professor

Selected Publications

Refereed Journal Papers:

Wenxiu Yang, “On Pragmatic Information in Learners’ Dictionaries, with Particular Reference to LDOCE4”, International Journal of Lexicography (SSCI A&HCI), Oxford University Press. 2007, Vol 20 , No.2, 147-173


Wenxiu Yang, “The Politeness Principle in the Learners’ Dictionaries”, Journal of PLA University of Foreign Languages, 2007, Vol 30. No.5. 32-36


Wenxiu Yang, Boran Zhang, “Pragmatic Information in Macmillan English Dictionary for Advanced Learners”. 2005. No.8. 69-73


Wenxiu Yang, “Grammatical Information in the Definitions of Bilingual Learners’ Dictionaries”, Journal of Translation Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2004, No.9, 63-75         


 Refereed International Conference Papers:

Wenxiu Yang, “Adjacency Pairs in Hills Like White Elephants”,  The 12th International Conference of Pragmatics , 3-8, July, 2011, Manchester University


Wenxiu Yang, Zhiliang Yang, Michelle C. Storm-Carrall, “Implicit Conflict Talk: An Introduction”, Proceedings of 4th Annual International Conference on Language, Literature & Linguistics. 200-215, 8-9, June, 2015, Singapore.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses:

1. Advanced English

2. Intensive Reading

Graduate Courses:


2. Semantics

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