University of Minnesota
Institute of Linguistics


Borui Zhang

Institute of Linguistics S205 Elliott Hall 75 E River Rd

Department Affiliations


I am a second-year Ph.D. student in Linguistics at the Institute of Linguistics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. I'm interested in discovering patterns of languages -- in syntax, semantics, and computational linguistics. I graduated with an MA in Linguistics in 2016, with a paper topic on Predictions of Entropy Reduction on Chinese Relative Clauses. I have also done the other courses besides Linguistics -- Machine Learning, Algorithms and Data Structure, Computational Syntax and Semantics. My current research work is related to syntax in Kathmandu Newari.


  • Technical skills: Python, Java, C++, Matlab, HTML, Haskell
  • Languages: Mandarin, English, and Cantonese

Educational Background

  • M.A.: Linguistics, Institute of Linguistics, University of Minnesota, 2016.
  • B.S.: Educational Technology, Tianjin Foreign Studies University, China, 2011.


  • Zhang, Borui, Koller T. (2015). Adverbial Phrase Placements in L1-Chinese ESL Learners' Writing. Linguistic Portfolios, 4(1), 9.
  • Zhang, Borui (2014). An Acoustic Phonetic Portfolio of a Chinese-Accented English Idiolect. Linguistic Portfolios, 3(1), 11.

Research Activities

  • Complementation in Newari : Presentation at the seventh Formal Approaches to South Asian Languages (FASAL 7) workshop, March 2017, MIT, Boston
  • Entropy Reduction Prediction on Mandarin Chinese Relative Clauses: Presentation at 2016 Buckeye East Asian Linguistics Forum 2 at The Ohio State University, October 2016
  • Entropy Reduction Prediction on Mandarin Chinese Relative Clauses: Presented at Semantics and Syntax Workshop of the American Midwest and Prairies 2016, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, October 2016
  • Processing embedded structures in Mandarin Chinese: SWAMP 2015, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2015
  • Costello, J. & Zhang, B. Comparing Unigram Tagger and Bigram Tagger Performance for Chinese Corpora
  • Borui Zhang. 2015. Processing of Center-Embedding Structure in Mandarin Chinese, Spring Research Day, Center for Cognitive Sciences, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Professional Activities

  • Computational Linguistics Internship at United Language Group, Minneapolis, MN: January 2017 - August 2017
  • Student Organizer of the Linguistics Colloquium at University of Minnesota, 2015-present
  • Summer School: The 6th North American Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (NASSLLI 2014)

Outreach Activities

  • Language Tutor, St. Cloud Area School District 742, St Cloud, MN, 2012-2013


  • Granted Training at The North American Summer School on Logic, Language, and Information (NASSLLI 2016) - Rutgers, July 11, 2016 - July 15, 2016
  • Granted training at 27th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI 2015) by European Association for Computer Science Logic (EACSL)
  • Graduate Fellowship awarded from Institute of Linguistics, fall 2014

Courses Taught

  • TA LING 4201 Syntactic Theory I 2016 Spring
  • TA LING 4202 Syntactic Theory II 2015 Fall
  • TA LING 3001 Intro to Linguistics 2014-2015
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