Ruoqian (Lucy) Cheng

Department of Linguistics, University of Kansas

Hi, I am Ruoqian (Lucy) Cheng, a first year graduate student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Kansas. My research interests involves phonetics and psycholinguistics , with empirical approaches to explore how acoustic and perceptional cues influence human sound processing. I also look into the language change happening in China, especially Chinese languages such as Eastern Min (Fuzhou) and Mandarin. I am affliated to the Phonetics and Psycholinguistics Laboratory.

In my spare time, I volunteer as an editor and consultant in a Mindonese organization. We are launching a Mindonese corpus to preserve and revitalize my mother dialect.

Here is my complete CV .


2017 - Present   M.A./Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Kansas, U.S.
2013 - 2017     B.A. in Chinese Language, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
2015 - 2016     Exchange Student, University of Manchester, U.K.


Ongoing project : The merging nasal and lateral onsets in Eastern Min
Publication : Ruoqian Cheng (2017). 福建闽侯方言的疑问句研究 ; (The Interrogative System of Minhou Min). In H. Tao (eds.), 《汉语方言疑问范畴研究》(The Study of Interrogative System of Chinese Dialects). Zhongxi Book Company, Shanghai, China.

Professional Experience

2017 - Present G.T.A., Department of Linguistics, University of Kansas
Kansas Fall 2017: LING 110: Language and Mind (Coughlin)
2016 - 2017 R.A. , Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Fudan University
Shanghai Assisting Prof. Huan Tao by translation and word-list revision for a sociolinguistic study of Shanghainese.


I devote my spare time to revitalizing local dialects, traveling and photographing.

Eastern Min

I am a member of "榕腔Vernacular of Fuzhou". We work as a team to record Fuzhou speakers across ages, genders, areas to preserve the linguistic data of this language, aiming to prevent this variety of Eastern Min from declining. We also hope to provide diverse materials for linguists interested in Mindonese. I would be very interested in other activities about language revitalization.


I keep photography as a personal interest. Capturing memorable moments in daily life leads me to value and appreciate every single day. I enjoy illustrating different themes in a natural yet motional way. The banner picture was taken on the train to Scottish Highlands. The left one is Tokyo tower.