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Adrian Tien
Associate Professor in Chinese Studies, C.L.C.S.

Biography

Prof. Adrian Tien, Sam Lam Associate Professor in Chinese Studies (Linguistics) Prof. Tien is based in the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences. As a linguist focusing on aspects of Chinese linguistics, his teaching and research specialisations include semantics and cognitive linguistics, language and culture, cross-cultural communication, language acquisition, studies on Chinese-English or English-Chinese translation and aspects of Chinese sociolinguistics. He has appeared widely in international conferences, public lectures and seminar speaking on his research. As he is also a musicologist, a sought-after musician (pianist and carillonneur) and a prize-winner of several international music competitions, Prof. Tien has been investigating the various relationships between language and music, especially at the level of meaning and cognition. Along with numerous journal articles and book chapters he has written, Prof. Tien is the author of two books: The Semantics of Chinese Music: Analysing selected Chinese musical concepts (John Benjamins 2015) and Lexical Semantics of Children's Mandarin Chinese during the First Four Years (Lincom 2011). Prof. Tien has been bestowed the title QTA ("Queen's Trust Achiever") on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee as a young Australian achiever.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

To be headed for the West, riding a crane: Chinese pragmemes in the wake of someone's passing. in, editor(s)Vahid Parvaresh and Alessandro Capone , The Pragmeme of Accommodation: The Case of Interaction Around the Event of Death. , The Netherlands, Springer, 2017, pp183 - 202, [Adrian Tien] Book Chapter, 2017

Perspectives on "Chinese" Pluricentricity in China, Greater China and Beyond in, editor(s)Rudolf Muhr, Kelen Ernesta Fonyuy, Zeinab Ibrahim, Corey Miller , Pluricentric Languages and non-dominant Varieties worldwide: Pluricentric Languages across continents - Features and usage, Wien, Peter Lang Verlag, 2016, pp33 - 52, [Tien, Adrian] Book Chapter, 2016

Adrian Tien, Compositionality of Chinese idioms: the issues, the semantic approach and a case study, Applied Linguistics Review, 7, (2), 2016, p149 - 180 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Adrian Tien, Not so fast: Speed-related concepts in Chinese music and beyond., Global Chinese, 2, (2), 2016, p189 - 211 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Adrian Tien, What does it mean to "Commemorate"? Linguistic and Cultural Evidence from Chinese , The Irish Journal of Asian Studies, 2, (Commemoration), 2016, p1 - 11 Journal Article, 2016 Other URL

Adrian Tien, The Semantics of Chinese Music: Analysing selected Chinese musical concepts, Amsterdam, John Benjamins, 2015 Book, 2015 DOI URL

Adrian Tien, . Offensive language and sociocultural homogeneity in Singapore: An ethnolinguistic perspective, International Journal of Language and Culture , 2, (2), 2015, p142 - 168 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Chinese-based lexicon in Singapore English, and Singapore-Chinese culture in, editor(s)Ewa Zebrowska, Mariola Jaworska and Dirk Steinhoff , Materiality and Mediality of Linguistic Communication., Peter Lang, 2014, pp411 - 422, [Tien Adrian] Book Chapter, 2014 DOI

Ng S.E, Tien A, Thayala J.N.V, Ho R.C.M, Chan M.F, The effect of life story review on depression of older community-dwelling Chinese adults in Singapore: A preliminary result, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 28, (3), 2013, p328 - 330 Journal Article, 2013 DOI URL

Bootstrapping and the acquisition of Mandarin Chinese: A Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) perspective in, editor(s)Dagmar Bittner and Nadja Ruhlig , Lexical bootstrapping: The role of lexis and semantics in child language development., Germany, De Gruyter, 2013, pp39 - 72, [Tien, Adrian] Book Chapter, 2013 DOI

Chan M.F, Ng S.E, Tien A, Man Ho R.C, Thayala J, A randomised controlled study to explore the effect of life story review on depression in older Chinese in Singapore, Health and Social Care in the Community, 21, (5), 2013, p545 - 553 Journal Article, 2013 DOI URL

Chinese intercultural communication in the global setting, as reflected through contemporary key words in the Chinese multimedia. in, editor(s)Birgit Breninger and Thomas Kaltenbacher , Creating Cultural Synergies: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Interculturality and Interreligiosity, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012, pp169 - 184, [Tien, Adrian.] Book Chapter, 2012 DOI

Chinese Hokkien and its lexicon in Singapore: evidence for an indigenised Singapore culture. in, editor(s)Rudolf Muhr , Non-dominant Varieties of pluricentric Languages. Getting the Picture. , Peter Lang, 2012, pp453 - 472, [Tien Adrian] Book Chapter, 2012 DOI

Adrian Tien, Lexical Semantics of Children's Mandarin Chinese during the FIrst Four Years, Munich, Germany, Lincom, 2011 Book, 2011 DOI

The Semantics of Human Interaction in Chinese E-Communication in, editor(s)In Rotimi Taiwo , Handbook of Research on Discourse Behaviour and Digital Communication: Language Structures and Social Interaction. Volume I, New York, Information Science Reference, 2010, pp437 - 467, [Tien, Adrian.] Book Chapter, 2010 DOI

Tien A, Semantic prime HAPPEN in Mandarin Chinese: In search of a viable exponent, Pragmatics and Cognition, 17, (2), 2009, p356 - 382 Journal Article, 2009 DOI URL

Singaporean culture as reflected by the shared Chinese-based lexicon of Singapore English and Singapore Chinese in, Humanistic Inheritance of Great Educators in Culture and Education, BSPU Publishing House., 2009, pp71 - 74, [Tien, Adrian] Book Chapter, 2009 DOI

Chinese-based lexicon in Singapore English, and Singapore-Chinese culture. in, Maria Grozeva and Boris Naimushin , Globalisation - Intercultural Communication - Language, Peter Lang, 2009, pp473 - 482, [Tien, Adrian] Book Chapter, 2009 DOI

Discourse particles in adult Mandarin, and their counterparts in child Mandarin in, editor(s)Eliseo Diez Itza , Studies on Language Development and Education, Oviedo, Spain, University of Oviedo, 2008, pp45 - 55, [Tien, Adrian] Book Chapter, 2008

The "paradoxical" world of "turtle hair", and "Taiwan guest": subcultural keywords in contemporary Taiwanese society." in, editor(s)Nadezhda Zabelina , Proceedings of the Conference on "Written communication: Intercultural Aspect, Kursk: Russia, School of Translation Regional Open Social Institute, 2007, pp16 - 38, [Tien, Adrian] Book Chapter, 2007

Research Expertise

Description

Research interests: Prof. Tien is a linguist who specialises in cognitive linguistics and semantics. Much of his research work adopts a cognitive and semantic framework and has encompasses aspects of Chinese linguistics, including work on Chinese language and culture (especially the identification and analyses of cultural "keywords" in Chinese), cross-cultural communication involving Chinese, language acquisition, studies on Chinese-English or English-Chinese translation, and Chinese sociolinguistics. As Prof. Tien is also a musician and musicologist, he has been investigating the various relationships between language and music, especially at the level of meaning and cognition. Prof. Tien is the author of two books: The Semantics of Chinese Music: Analysing selected Chinese musical concepts (John Benjamins 2015) and Lexical Semantics of Children's Mandarin Chinese during the First Four Years (Lincom 2011).