Asher Zheng

Ph.D. at UT Austin
The Department of Linguistics,
University of Texas at Austin

305 E. 23rd Street STOP B5100, Austin, TX 78712


About Me

Hi there! I'm Asher ['æʃə] and my Chinese name is Zheng Anshun (郑安顺) [ʈʂə̂ŋ ɑ̄n ʂwə̂n]. I'm a PhD student at UT Austin advised by Prof. Jessy Li and Prof. David Beaver. I'm also quite involved in the UT's syn-sem group as well. Before that I did a master's in Speech and Language Processing (or Computational Linguistics) with distinction at University of Edinburgh, advised by Dr. Catherine Lai. Previous to that, I received a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Hanyang University, summa cum laude. My research revolves around the structure and the meaning of language (syntax and semantics), discourse and their interfaces. Computational Modeling of Language (discourse and syntax in particular) is another direction I am also pursuing.

At Edinburgh, I worked with Dr. Kajsa Djärv, who directed me to explore the amazing field of clausal complement selection to figure out the reasons behind the CP selection patterns across predicates (e.g., know, wonder and believe). On a more computational note, I use the cutting-edge models such as BERT, GPT etc. to computationalize linguistic theories. My M.Sc. thesis advised by Dr. Catherine Lai was to construct an expectation-driven QUD model/pipeline. I also hold a minor interest in grammar competition and language variation because of Professor Caroline Heycock. I have not really done any work on this field, but I have learned about a number of theories connected to computation and acquisition (e.g., Constant Rate, Tolerance Principle), which I would very much want to dive into in the future.

Outside of academia, I have been watching K-dramas for more than a decade. They are cliches sometimes but very relaxing every time. I'm also a fan of learning languages and caligraphy but procrastination comes flooding sometimes.

Research Interests

Publications and Projects

  1. InqBnB4
    Anshun Zheng
    In Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Inquisitiveness Below and Beyond the Sentence Boundary (InqBnB4), IWCS2023, pages 40-49, Nancy, France. Association for Computational Linguistics.
  2. TLS2024
    CP Selection at the Syntax-Semantics Interface: A Case Study in Mandarin think “xiang”
    Anshun Zheng
    (in preparation). In Proceedings of the 23rd Meeting of the Texas Linguistics Society, TLS2024
  3. Manuscript
    Anticipating the Future: Forward-Looking Discourse Based on Question Under Discussion (QUD)
    Anshun Zheng
    M.Sc. Thesis Manuscript


  1. PLC48
    Anshun Zheng
    The 48th annual Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC48), University of Pennsylvania, March 16, 2024, Philadelphia, The United States.
    Anshun Zheng
    [Feb. 2024]At the Texas Linguistics Society 2024 (TLS2024), The University of Texas at Austin, February 23, 2024, Texas, The United States.
    [Dec. 2023]At the 2023 LSK Young Scholar Symposium, Korea University, December 8, 2023, Seoul, South Korea.
    Anshun Zheng
    The 4th Workshop on Inquisitiveness Below and Beyond the Sentence Boundary (InqBnB4), Université de Lorraine, June 20, 2023, Nancy, France.

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