Dr. TSAI Cheng Yu (蔡承佑)


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I am from Taiwan and joined City University of Hong Kong in August 2016 as Assistant Professor. A theoretical linguist by training, I have mainly worked on the syntax and semantics of quantification in Mandarin and am particularly interested in the meaning of non-interrogative wh-phrases, quantifiers and quantificational particles. At CityU I have offered courses at all levels from undergraduate to PhD.

My full CV can be downloaded here.


  • College Fellow, Department of Linguistics, Harvard University (2015-16)
  • Ph.D. in Linguistics, Harvard University (2015)
  • M.A. in Linguistics, National Tsing Hua University (2009)
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering, National Chung Cheng University (2006)

Research Interests/Areas

  • Formal syntax & semantics (wh-phrases, quantificational expressions, indefinites, polarity items, focus)
  • Experimental semantics (scope interpretation)