I am a Professor of Applied Linguistics and Asian Studies specializing in language, culture, and cognition, cognitive semantics, and the cognitive approach to metaphor studies.
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.
Awards and Services:
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
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