Jincai Li CV

Jincai Li 李金彩

updated on Dec. 2017



Research Interests


Philosophy of language, experimental philosophy, experimental semantics & pragmatics, psycholinguistics, etc.


Reference of proper names, reliability and stability of intuitions, cross-cultural differences in referential intuitions, scalar implicature, theory of mind, language acquisition and development, etc.


Shanghai Jiao Tong University 上海交通大学

Sep. 2012- Dec. 2017

Ph.D., School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai
Dissertation Title: Empirical Investigations into Cross-cultural Differences in Referential Intuitions about Proper Names: A Causal and Developmental Perspective.
Supervisor: Prof. Longgen Liu and Prof. Jesse Snedeker.

Harvard University

Jan. 2015 – Jan. 2017

Visiting Fellow, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA.
Advisor: Prof. Jesse Snedeker

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Sep. 2009- March 2012

M.A., School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai.
Supervisor: Prof. Longgen Liu
MA Dissertation: An Experimental Study of Scalar Implicature from the Perspective of Relevance Theory. Distinction.

Lancaster University

2010 – 2011

M.A., Department of Linguistics, University of Lancaster, Lancaster, UK.
Supervisor: Prof. Jonathan Culpeper

Jilin University 吉林大学

2005 – 2009

B.A., College of Foreign Languages, Jilin University, China.


Jincai Li, Longgen Liu, Elizabeth Chalmers & Jesse Snedeker.
What is in a name? The development of cross-cultural differences in referential intuitions. Cognition. 171: 108–111, 2018. (SSCI, IF: 3.414)

Jincai Li & Longgen Liu. 2015.
Experimental Turn in Philosophy of Language. Contemporary Linguistics, 3:273-283.

Jincai Li & Longgen Liu. 2014.
Linguistic Expertise and Semantic Intuitions. Computer-Assisted Foreign Language Education, 2:17-24.

Longgen Liu, Sijing Wu & Jincai Li. 2014.
On the Meaning of Intuition in/to the Philosophy of Language. Philosophical Inquiry, 3:157-174.


Invited Talks

The Mechanism of Reference. Cross-cultural Experimental Semantics at the 2017 Pacific Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association. Seattle, USA. April 2017.

Who is Pickles? A Developmental Study of Reference of Proper Names. Language Development Seminar, the Department of Psychology, Harvard University. Boston, USA. Oct. 2016.

Conference Oral Presentations

What is in a name? An investigation into the mechanism of reference of proper names. The ECOM Fall 16 Workshop: What is in a word? University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Dec. 2016.

Behind Names: Theorizing about Reference in the Era of Experimental Philosophy. Buffalo Annual Experimental Philosophy Conference, Buffalo, USA. Sep. 2016.

What is in a name? The origin and development of the cross-cultural differences in the semantics of proper names. The 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Austin, USA. June 2016.

Conference Poster Presentations

The origin and development of cross-cultural differences in referential intuitions. The 91st Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. Texas, USA. Jan. 2017.

Are there cross-cultural differences in acquisition of reference? The 41st Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development. Boston, USA. Nov. 2016.

Translated Works

Longgen Liu & Jincai Li. 2016. Lying, Misleading, and What is Said: An Exploration in Philosophy of Language and in Ethics by Jennifer M. Saul (2012). Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press, Shanghai.

Longgen Liu & Jincai Li. 2015. Assessment Sensitivity–Relative Truth and its Applications by John MacFarlane (2014). Foreign Language Research Press, Beijing.