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Ning Yu

Ning Yu

Professor of Applied Linguistics and Asian Studies

304 Sparks Building
Office Phone: (814) 863-0030



  • Ph.D. University of Arizona, 1996
  • M.A. Central China Normal University, 1987

Areas of Specialization

  • Language, Culture, and Cognition
  • Cognitive Semantics
  • Cognitive Approach to Metaphor Studies

Recent Courses

  • APLNG 200 Language, Culture, and Social Interaction
  • APLNG 497 Figurative Language and Cognition
  • APLNG 597 Research in Cognitive Linguistics
  • APLNG 597 Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Teaching

Selected Publications


Maalej, Z., & Yu, N. (Eds.).(2011). Embodiment via body parts: Studies from various languages and cultures (Human Cognitive Processing, Vol. 31). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Yu, N. (2009). From body to meaning in culture: Papers on cognitive semantic studies of Chinese. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.  

Yu, N. (2009). The Chinese HEART in a cognitive perspective: Culture, body, and language(Applications of Cognitive Linguistics, Vol. 12). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.  

Sharifian, F., Dirven, R., Yu, N., & Niemeier, S. (Eds.). (2008). Culture, body, and language: conceptualizations of internal body organs across cultures and languages (Applications of Cognitive Linguistics, Vol. 7). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Yu, N. (1998). The contemporary theory of metaphor: A perspective from Chinese (Human Cognitive Processing, Vol. 1). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


Yu, N. (2014). Embodiment, culture, and language. In F. Sharifian (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of language and culture (pp. 227–239). London: Routledge.

Yu, N. (2012). The metaphorical orientation of time in Chinese. Journal of Pragmatics, 44, 1335–1354.

Yu, N. (2011). A decompositional approach to metaphorical compound analysis: The case of a TV commercial. Metaphor and Symbol, 26, 243–259. 

Yu, N. (2011). Beijing Olympics and Beijing opera: A multimodal metaphor in a CCTV Olympics commercial. Cognitive Linguistics, 22, 595–628.

Professional Awards and Achievements

Co-editor, book series “Cognitive Linguistic Studies in Cultural Contexts” (Amsterdam: John Benjamins)

Co-editor, International Journal of Chinese Linguistics

Review Editor, Cognitive Semantics

Editorial board member, International Journal of Language and Culture

Editorial board member, the scholarly book series Cultural Linguistics