Hongwei Zhang is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Semitics, currently working on his dissertation which examines contact-induced word order shifts in Semitic, focusing on Ethiopian Semitic (Gəʿəz & Amharic) and Central Asian Arabic (Bukharan Arabic). His studies languages of the Semitic language family and Afroasiatic phylum, with research interests in areas of historical linguistics, typology, syntax, phonetics and phonology, and writing systems. He attained his B.A. in Arabic Language and Literature and M.A. in Arabic Language and Literature (linguistically oriented) from Shanghai International Studies University, and he investigated the future markers in Modern Arabic dialects for his non-terminal M.A. in Comparative Semitics.