Hongbing Yu is Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Ryerson University and a linguist-turned semiotician by training. Dr. Yu holds a PhD (with distinction) in Linguistics from Nanjing Normal University, where he is currently serving as Adjunct Associate Professor in language, semiotics, and communication. His areas of interest include language and cognition, semiotics, Chinese philosophy (particularly Taoism, Zen Buddhism and Wang Yangming’s thought) and Chinese mythology. Dr. Yu’s two monographs,《符号建模论》(On Semiotic Modeling, Soochow Uniiversity Press 2019) and Living by Models (De Gruyter, forthcoming), afford an interdisciplinary perspective on the biosemiotic mechanisms of language, literature, culture and mind. In addition to multiple translated books, edited volumes and book series, he has published dozens of peer-reviewed research papers on such topics as languaging, cultural memory, narrative, cognition, biosemiotics and education in both English and Chinese. Dr. Yu has been serving as Managing Editor of Chinese Semiotic Studies, Associate Editor of Biosemiotics, Special Research Fellow at the Institute of Semiotics & Media Studies of Sichuan University, and Guest Researcher at the Center for Semiotics and Cultural Studies of Shinawatra University. Since 2011, Dr. Yu has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on culture and communication, semiotics, linguistics, Chinese cultural traditions, among others.
Keywords: Language and cognition; semiotics; Chinese philosophy (particularly Taoism, Zen Buddhism and Wang Yangming’s thought); Chinese mythology