Hongyuan Dong is Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Linguistics at the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the George Washington University. He received his PhD in Linguistics from Cornell University. His research focuses on formal semantic theories, historical linguistics and their intersection in the field of formal diachronic semantics. Hongyuan Dong has presented at major academic conferences in the US and Europe, such as the Amsterdam Colloquium, Semantics and Linguistic Theory, International Conference on Historical Linguistics, North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, and etc. He has published in major journals and conference proceedings such as the Zhongguo Yuwen (The Journal of Chinese), the Journal of Chinese Language Teachers Association, Journal of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, Proceedings of the Amsterdam Colloquium, Proceedings of the North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, and etc. Hongyuan Dong is also interested in the history and formation of the Chinese language, from the perspective of language policy. He has done original archival research in China, and presented his research in language policy and planning in various conferences and invited talks. He is author of two books, one titled “A History of the Chinese Language” (2nd edition, Routledge 2021), and the other one titled "Semantics of Chinese Questions: An Interface Approach" (Routledge 2019), which combines historical linguistics with formal semantics in exploring the syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonology and historical developments of interrogatives in Chinese.