Ye-Ye is an MPhil candidate in Linguistics, Philology, and Phonetics at the University of Oxford. Her academic interests lie in French and Chinese linguistics, French Creoles, morphophonology, morphosyntax, historical linguistics, language acquisition and change, and the influence of music.
Ye-Ye was appointed a Junior Dean of Pembroke College in 2021 and is a Middle Reader at the Canterbury Institute, Oxford. Prior to Pembroke, she completed a PGCE in European Language with Mandarin at St Anne’s College in 2020, training to be a teacher, and served as Editor-in-Chief of St Anne’s Academic Review, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal. She was also MCR Welfare Officer, a role for which she was awarded St Anne’s Graduate Student of the Term in Michaelmas. She now teaches Mandarin to PGCE interns studying at Oxford’s Department of Education and has previously worked for The Queen’s Translation Exchange and the UNIQ Summer School in Linguistics.
Before moving to Oxford, Ye-Ye was Assistant Administrator for the Royal Philharmonic Society (2018-20) and as a violinist helped establish the charities El Sistema Alsace (France) and Nevis Ensemble (Scotland). She holds an LLB with European Legal Studies from King’s College London and the University of Strasbourg, and she won the KCL Routledge Criminology Prize for Best Dissertation in 2017. She is also an alumna of St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh.
Her name in Chinese means ‘leaf leaf’ and looks like 叶叶. In English-speaking countries, people tend to pronounce it with hard Ys, and like two Es, which she prefers; but this is merely custom. Tonal pronunciations are also welcome.
Ye-Ye is very grateful to Pembroke College, the Hockerill Educational Foundation, and anonymous donors for their generous support of her studies.