Haiyang Ai

Haiyang Ai

Assistant Professor

Teachers College


CECH Literacy & Second Language Studies - 0022

Professional Summary

Haiyang Ai is an Assistant Professor in the Literacy and Second Language Studies program in the School of Education at the University of Cincinnati. As an applied corpus linguist, he has focused his scholarship on compiling, annotating, and analyzing native and learner corpus, and exploiting natural language processing techniques in developing intelligent computer-assisted language learning systems and computational tools to facilitate investigation of important theoretical constructs such as lexical and syntactic complexity in second language writing and second language acquisition, as well as language processing in bilingual speakers. He has published in a variety of scholarly journals, including Journal of Second Language Writing, ReCALL, Language TestingWorld Englishes, Language and Sociocultural Theory, Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, Foreign Language Annals, International Journal of Learner Corpus ResearchQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, and International Journal of Asian Language Processing.


Ph.D.: The Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA, 2015 (Applied Linguistics)

M.A.: University of Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijing, 2006 (Linguistics & Applied Linguistics)

B.A.: Shaanxi Normal University Xi'an, 2003 (English)

Research Support

Investigators:Haiyang Ai 2017 -2018 University of Cincinnati CECH Faculty Development Grant "A corpus-driven approach to verb-noun collocation identification, extraction, and error correction." Role:PI $2500.00 Completed Type:Grant

Investigators:Haiyang Ai 2017 -2017 University of Cincinnati “12-week NCFDD Faculty Success Program virtual boot camp.” Role:PI $3250.00 Completed Type:Grant

Investigators:Haiyang Ai 2016 -2017 University of Cincinnati CECH Faculty Development Grant "Developing a computational tool for providing graduated corrective feedback in second language writing." Role:PI $2000.00 Completed Type:Grant


Peer Reviewed Publications

Ai, H. & You, X. (2015. ) The grammatical features of English in a Chinese Internet discussion forum .World Englishes, , 34 (2 ) ,211-230

Lu, X. & Ai, H. (2015. ) Syntactic complexity in college-level English writing: Differences among writers with diverse L1 backgrounds .Journal of Second Language Writing, , 29 ,16-27

Ai, H. (2017. ) Providing graduated corrective feedback in an intelligent computer-assisted language learning environment.ReCALL, , 29 (3 ) ,313-334 More Information

Ai, H. (2012. ) The expression of stance in Mandarin Chinese: A corpus-based study of stance adverbs. International Journal of Asian Language Processing, , 22 (1 ) ,1-14

Ma, F., Ai, H., Xiao, T., Guo, T., & Pae, H. (2022. ) Speech perception in a second language: Hearing is believing—seeing is not.Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, , 73 (6 ) , 881-890 More Information

Xian, Z., Liu, J., Ai, H. (2020. ) Pseudowords and guessing in the Yes/No format vocabulary test.Language Testing, , 37 (1 ) ,6-30 More Information

Ma, F. & Ai, H. (2018. ) Chinese learners of English see Chinese words when reading English words.Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, , 47 (3 ) ,505-521 More Information

Ma, F., Ai, H., Xiao, T., Guo, T., & Pae, H. (2020. ) Speech perception in a second language: What you see and what you hear matters.Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, , 73 (6 ) ,881-890 More Information

Ai, H. (2021. ) A concept-based approach to the instruction of the Chinese ba-construction.Language and Sociocultural Theory, , 7 (1 ) ,1-32 More Information

Ai, H. (2022. ) Automating lexical complexity measurement in Chinese with WeCLECA.International Journal of Asian Language Processing, , 32 (3 ) ,1-19 More Information

Xia, D., Ai, H., & Pae, H. (2022. ) “Please let me know”: Lexical bundles in English business emails of English learners and workplace professionals.International Journal of Learner Corpus Research, , 8 (1 ) ,1-30 More Information

Pae, H., Sun, J., Luo, X., Ai, H., Ma, F., Yang, N., & Xia, D (2021. ) Linguocultural Cognition Manifested in Spoken Narratives in L2 English by Native Chinese and Korean Speakers.Journal of Cultural Cognitive Science, , 5 ,345-365 More Information

Sun, J., Pae, H., & Ai, H. (2021. ) The recognition of coordinative compound words by learners of Chinese as a foreign language: A mixed methods study.Foreign Language Annals, , 54 (4 ) ,923-951 More Information

Book Chapter

Ai, H. & Lu, X. (2013 ) A corpus-based comparison of syntactic complexity in NNS and NS university students writing Automatic Treatment and Analysis of Learner Corpus Data .(pp. 249-264).Amsterdam, John Benjamins

Ai, H. & You, X. (2017 ) Lexis-grammar interface in Chinese English: A corpus study of the prototypical ditransitive verb GIVE Researching Chinese English: State of the Art .(pp. 49-60).Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer

Wang, B. P.-Y., Lu, X., Hsu, C., Lin, E. P.-C., & Ai, H (2019 ) Linguistic metaphor identification in Chinese Metaphor identification in multiple languages: MIPVU around the world .(pp. 247-265).Amsterdam, John Benjamins

Ai, H., & Lu, X. (2018 ) Exploring the interdisciplinary synergy between sociocultural theory and intelligent computer-assisted language learning The Routledge handbook of sociocultural theory and second language development .(pp. 409-421).New York: NY, Routledge

Ma, F., Ai, H., & Guo, T. (2018 ) Semantic and lexical processing of words across two languages in Chinese-English bilinguals Writing Systems, Reading Processes, and Cross-Linguistic Influences: Reflections from the Chinese, Japanese and Korean Languages .(pp. 163-175).Amsterdam, John Benjamins

Sun, J., Ai, H., Kwon, Y.-J. & Pae, H. (2022 ) Motion-path expressions in L2 English and pedagogical implications for multi-word verb use: A comparison among native speakers of Chinese, Korean, and English Challenges encountered by Chinese ESL learners in L2 acquisition: Problems and solutions from complementary perspectives .(pp. 333-353).Berlin, Springer


Invited Presentations

Reynolds, R., Cotos, E., Ai. H., Sowmy S. (2018. ) A corpus-driven automated approach to identifying, extracting, and correcting instances of verb–noun miscollocation in L2 writing samples .Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Ai., H. & Lu, X. (2023. ) A data-driven and graduated approach to providing corrective feedback on verb-noun collocation in college-level second language writing .American Association of Applied Linguistics , Portland, Oregon.

Courses Taught

Foundations of First and Second Language Learning

English Language Development, Analysis, and Pedagogy

Advanced Seminar in Teaching English as a Second Language I (Seminar in Corpus Linguistics)

Applied Linguistics

Intermediate Composition for International Students

Adult/International TESL Practicum