Shen Yuan is an associate professor of the Department of English of Fudan University, Shanghai. She got her M.A. in (English) Linguistics from Fudan University and her Ph.D. in Linguistics from City University of Hong Kong where she extended her research interest from the study of English to that of Chinese, and the similarities and differences in the working mechanisms underlying the use and interpretation of Chinese and English. During her research stay at Harvard-Yenching Institute she researched the parametric variation in the choice of nominal forms in Chinese and English. The study aimed at revealing which grammatical properties are inherently linked and which are only accidentally related in the choice of nominal forms in Chinese and English, which would provide insights into questions like the parametrization of lexical properties and the constraints on crosslinguistic variation.