- Director, Research, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
2005-11, Adjunct Professor, University of Science and Technology of Hong Kong. Since 2006, Founding Member, Scientific Council of the European Research Council; since 2006, Member, Academia Europaea (European Academy of Arts and Sciences); since 2007, Honorary Professor, University of Beijing; since 2009, Honorary Member, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Currently: Director Emeritus of Research, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France; Chair Professor of Chinese Linguistics, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Author of more than 100 books and papers on Chinese diachronic syntax and semantics, and on the typology of East Asian languages. Research interests: latest research has been carried out within a broadly functional and cognitive framework from a cross-linguistic perspective.