Department of Linguistics University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Jerome L Packard

Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education
Professor of Linguistics
Professor of LAS Global Studies
Affiliated Faculty of Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Center for Global Studies

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    707 S Mathews
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    Urbana, IL 61801
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Research Interests

Professor Packard specializes in Chinese linguistics, Chinese word structure, Chinese psycholinguistics, and Chinese language acquisition and pedagogy. His current research interests include sentence processing in native Mandarin speakers and learners of Mandarin as a second language, and the acquisition of reading by Chinese children in China.


  • Ph.D. Cornell University (Linguistics)
  • M.A. Cornell University (Linguistics)
  • B.A. University of Massachusetts (East Asian Languages)



  • Packard, Jerome. The Morphology of Chinese. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Packard, Jerome. A Linguistic Analysis of Aphasic Chinese Speech. Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1993.

Books Edited

  • Yamashita, H., Y. Hirose, and J. Packard. Processing and Producing Head-final Structures . Dordrecht: Springer, 2011.
  • Li, W., J. Packard, and J. Gaffney. Chinese Children’s Reading Acquisition. Dordrecht, Holland: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002.
  • Packard, Jerome. New Approaches to Chinese Word Formation. New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 1998.

Journal Articles

  • Qian, Z., and J. Packard. "A working memory explanation for recency effects in Mandarin second-language sentence processing. ." 世界汉语教学30.1 (Chinese Teaching in the World) 30.1 (2016): 75-100.
  • Kim, S., J. Packard, K. Christianson, R. Anderson, and J. Shin. "Orthographic Consistency and Individual Learner Differences in Second Language Literacy Acquisition." Reading and Writing (2016):
  • Zou, L., J. Packard, Z. Xia, Y. Liu, and H. Shu. "Neural correlates of morphological processing in Chinese.." Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 9 (2015):
  • Zhang, J. , R. Anderson, Q. Wang, J. Packard, X. Wu, S. Tang, and X. Ke. "Insight into the Structure of Compound Words among Speakers of Chinese and English. ." Applied Psycholinguistics 33.4 (2012): 753-779.
  • Lin, T., R. Anderson, Y. Ku, K. Christianson, and J. Packard. "Chinese Children’s Concept of Word." Writing Systems Research 3 (2011): 41-57.
  • Wu, X., R. Anderson, W. Li, X. Wu, H. Li, J. Zhang, Q. Zheng, J. Zhu, H. Shu, W. Jiang, X. Chen, Q. Wang, L. Lin, Y. He, J. Packard, and J. Gaffney. "Morphological Awareness and Chinese Children’s Literacy Development: An Intervention Study." Scientific Studies of Reading 13.1 (2009): 26–52.
  • "Relative Clause Processing in L2 Speakers of Mandarin and English." Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association 43.2 (2008): 107-146.
  • Packard, J., X. Chen, W. Li, X. Wu, J. Gaffney, H. Li, and R. Anderson. "Explicit instruction in orthographic structure and word morphology helps Chinese children learn to write characters." Reading and Writing 19.5 (2006): 457-487.
  • Packard, Jerome. "Pragmatic Effects in the Chinese Lexicon." Rivista di Linguistica 15.2 (2003):

Book Contributions

  • Packard, Jerome. "Space, Time and Asymmetry in Chinese." New Studies of Space and Quantification in Languages of China. Ed. Dan Xu and Jingqi Fu. Dordrecht: Springer, 2015.
  • Kim, Sun-A, Kiel Christianson, and Jerome Packard. "Working Memory in L2 Character Processing: The Case of Learning to Read Chinese." Working Memory in Second Language Acquisition and Processing. Ed. Z. Wen, M. Mota, and A. McNeill. Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 2015.
  • Packard, Jerome, Zheng Ye, and Xiaolin Zhou. "Filler-gap processing in Mandarin relative clauses: Evidence from Event-Related Potentials." Processing and Producing Head- final Structures. Ed. Hiroko Yamashita, Yuki Hirose, and Jerome Packard. Dordrecht: Springer, 2011. 219-240.
  • Wu, Sina, Jerome Packard, and Hua Shu. "Morphological Deficit and Dyslexia Subtypes in Chinese." Language Disorders in Speakers of Chinese. Ed. Sam-Po Law, Brendan Weekes, and Anita Wong. New York: Multilingual Matters, 2009. 112-137.
  • "The Linguistic Manifestation of Aphasia Syndromes in Chinese." Handbook of East Asian Psycholinguistics . Ed. P. Li, L.H. Tan, E. Bates, and O. Tzeng. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge, 2006.

Encyclopedia Entries

  • Packard, Jerome. "Chinese Morphology." The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Chinese Language. London: Routledge, 2016.
  • Packard, Jerome. "Chinese Morphology." The Routledge Handbook of Morphology. London: Routledge, 2016.
  • Packard, Jerome. "Chinese Psycholinguistics." The Routledge Encyclopedia of the Chinese Language. London: Routledge, 2016.
  • Packard, Jerome. "Lexical Word Formation." The Cambridge Grammar of the Chinese Language. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
  • Packard, Jerome. "Chinese Morphology." Oxford Handbook of Chinese Linguistics. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Packard, Jerome. "Chinese as an Isolating Language." Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. 2nd ed. Oxford: Elsevier, 2006.