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Department of Cognitive Science

Dr Peng Zhou

BA BLCU, MA BLCU, PhD Macq.

Peng Zhou

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Contact Details

Office : 3.504
Phone : +61 2 9850 6735
Fax : +61 2 9850 6059
email : peng.zhou@mq.edu.au
Homepage : https://sites.google.com/site/zhoupengdr/

External Address

Department of Cognitive Science
Australian Hearing Hub
16 University Avenue
Macquarie University NSW 2109

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I also have a profile at the ARC Centre for Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders.

Profile

My research interests are in the area of developmental psycholinguistics. My research looks at language development in both typical and atypical populations. I use three approaches in the study of language development: (i) integrating theoretical and experimental perspectives, (ii) a cross-linguistic approach (i.e., language development in both English- and Mandarin-speaking children), and (iii) combining behavioural (e.g., eye tracking) and neuroimaging techniques (e.g., MEG). My current projects investigate language development in Mandarin-speaking children with autism.

External Appointments

  • Editorial advisory board member, Chinese Journal of Language and Cognitive Science. (2014 continuing)
  • Associate editor, International Journal of English Linguistics. (2012 continuing)
  • Deputy Director, International Centre for Child Language Health (ICCLH), Beijing Language and Culture University. (2012 continuing)
  • Editorial board member, International Journal of English Linguistics. (2011 - 2012)
  • Editorial board member, Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. (2009 continuing)

External Memberships

  • Linguistic Society of America (LSA)

Awards

  • Promotion to Lecturer (Level B) (2013), Zhou, P.
  • Travel Fellowship – Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America 5 (2012), Zhou, P. US National Science Foundation ($400)
  • Student Travel Award (2010), Zhou, P. GLOW-in-Asia VIII ($500)
  • Higher Degree Research Excellence Award (2009), Zhou, P. Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University

Grants Awarded

  • Australia-China Science and Research Fund [ACSRF16440] (2013 - 2014) "Hearing impairment and language acquisition: Workshops to develop joint research and clinical projects to be undertaken with the International Centre of Child Language Health (ICCLH)." Cowan, R., Gao, L., Crain, S., Johnson, B., Zhou, P., Coltheart, M., Uehara, G., Dillon, H., Shi, F., Fuzhen, S., Wang, S., Bi, H.-Y., & Yu, W. ($43,556)
  • Macquarie University Research Fellowship (2012 - 2015) "Linguistic knowledge in children with Specific Language Impairment." Zhou, P. ($260,551)
  • Australia-China Science and Research Fund (9201200088) (2012) "Developing strategic links between Macquarie University, Beijing Language and Culture University and project partners on language acquisition and childhood language disorders." Crain, S., Gao, L., Cutler, A., Coltheart, M., Yu, W., Bi, H., Ma, Y., Wang, M., Wang, F., Johnson, B., Thornton, R., & Zhou, P. ($13,455)
  • Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block Grant Scheme (2012) “Upgrade of child magnetoencephalography (MEG) system.” Johnson, B.W., Crain, S., Thornton, R., Demuth, K., Brock, J., Sowman P., Zhou, P., & Johnson, M. ($100,000)
  • Macquarie University Research Infrastructure Block (2012 - 2013) "Tobii eye-tracker for testing infants and young children." Demuth, K., Grant, K.-A., McMahon, C., Crain, S., Thornton, R., Sharma, M., Cox, F., Tsukada, K., Zhou, P., & Moscati, V. ($49,150)
  • National Social Science Foundation Grant of China (2009 - 2011) Semantic acquisition in Chinese and English: A Cross-linguistic comparison of children's understanding of logical words. Gao, L.Q., Crain, S., Thornton, R., Lee, T. H.-T., Huang, Y. Y., Yang, S. Y., & Zhou, P. ($13,000)
  • Student Travel Fellowship (2008) Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (US National Science Foundation) Zhou, P. ($500)
  • MACCS Postgraduate Grant (2008) Zhou, P. ($6,680)
  • Macquarie University Travel Scholarship (2007) Zhou, P. ($500)
  • MACCS Postgraduate Grant (2007) Zhou, P. ($1,958)

Selected Publications

Books Chapters

  • Crain, S., & Zhou, P. (In Press). Semantics and pragmatics: Acquisition of logical connectives and focus. In C.T.J. Huang & R. Sybesma (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. The Netherlands: Brill.
  • Crain, S., Goro, T., Notley, A., & Zhou, P. (2013). A parametric account of scope in child language. In S. Stavrakaki, M. Lalioti & P. Konstantinopoulou (Eds.), Advances in language acquisition (pp. 63-71). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholar Publishing.
  • Zhou, P., Goro, T., & Notley, A. (2013). The logic of focus in child language. In S. Stavrakaki, M. Lalioti & P. Konstantinopoulou (Eds.), Advances in language acquisition (pp. 260-270). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholar Publishing.

Periodicals

  • Zhou, P. (2014). Children's knowledge of ellipsis constructions in Mandarin Chinese. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 43, 421-445. doi:10.1007/s10936-013-9262-6
  • Zhou, P., Crain, S. & Zhan, L. (2014). Grammatical aspect and event recognition in children's online sentence comprehension. Cognition, 133(1), 262-276. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2014.06.018
  • Zhou, P. (2013). Children's knowledge of wh-quantification in Mandarin Chinese. Applied Psycholinguistics. doi:10.1017/S0142716413000283
  • Zhou, P., Crain, S., & Thornton, R. (In Press). Children’s knowledge of double negative structures in Mandarin Chinese. Journal of East Asian Linguistics.
  • Notley, A., Zhou, P., Jensen, B., & Crain, S. (2012). Children's interpretation of disjunction in the scope of 'before': A comparison of English and Mandarin. Journal of Child Language, 39(3), 482-522. doi:10.1017/S0305000911000092
  • Zhou, P., Su, Y., Crain, S., Gao, L.Q., & Zhan, L.K. (2012). Children's use of phonological information in ambiguity resolution: A view from Mandarin Chinese. Journal of Child Language, 39, 687-730. doi:10.1017/S0305000911000249
  • Su, Y.E., Zhou, P., & Crain, S. (2012). Downward entailment in child Mandarin. Journal of Child Language, 39(5), 957-990.
  • Zhou, P., Crain, S., & Zhan, L.K. (2012). Sometimes children are as good as adults: The pragmatic use of prosody in children's on-line sentence processing. Journal of Memory and Language, 67, 149-164. doi:10.1016/j.jml.2012.03.005
  • Zhou, P., & Crain, S. (2011). Children's knowledge of the quantifier dou in Mandarin Chinese. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 40(3), 155-176. doi:10.1007/s10936-010-9161-z
  • Zhou, P. (2011). Interface conditions in child language: A view from Mandarin Chinese. Language Acquisition, 18, 202-204. doi:10.1080/10489223.2011.580678
  • Zhou, P., & Crain, S. (2010). Focus identification in child Mandarin. Journal of Child Language, 37, 965-1005. doi:10.1017/S0305000909990110
  • Zhou, P., & Gao, L.Q. (2009). Scope processing in Chinese. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 38, 11-24. doi:10.1007/s10936-008-9079-x
  • Zhou, P., & Crain, S. (2009). Scope assignment in child language: Evidence from the acquisition of Chinese. Lingua, 119, 973-988. doi:10.1016/j.lingua.2009.01.001
  • Notley, A., Zhou, P., Thornton, R., & Crain, S. (2009). Children's interpretation of focus expressions in English and Mandarin. Language Acquisition, 16(4), 240-282. doi:10.1080/10489220903266669

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Zhou, P., Crain, S., & Thornton, R. (2014). Lexical aspect and the use of negation by Mandarin-speaking children. In U. Minai, A. Tremblay, C. Coughlin, C.-Y. Chu, & B. Lopez Prego (Eds.), Selected Proceedings of the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition - North America 5 (GALANA 5) (pp. 150-156). Somerville: Cascadilla Press.
  • Zhou, P., Thornton, R., & Crain, S. (2013). The logic of double negation in child language. In S. Baiz, N. Goldman & R. Hawkes (Eds.), Proceedings of 37th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 495-507). Somerville: Cascadilla Press.
  • Zhou, P., Romoli, J., & Crain, S. (2013). Children's knowledge of free choice inferences. In T. Snider (Ed.), Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 23 (pp. 632-651). Santa Cruz, USA: Cornell University.
  • Zhan, L., Crain, S., & Zhou, P. (In Press). The anticipatory effects of focus operators: a visual-world paradigm eye-tracking study of “only if” and “even if” conditionals. In N. Goto, K. Otaki, A. Sato, & K.Takita (Eds.), Proceedings of GLOW in Asia IX, 2012 Mie University: Japan.
  • Zhou, P., & Crain, S. (2012). Focus and scope in child language. In Y.-O. Biq & L. Chen (Eds.), Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Chinese Language and Linguistics (IsCLL-13) (pp. 434-455). Taipei: National Taiwan Normal University.
  • Zhou, P., & Crain, S. (2010). Dou-quantification in child Mandarin. In J. Costa, A. Castro, M. Lobo & F. Pratas (Eds.), Language Acquisition and Development: Proceedings of GALA 2009 (pp. 505-518). Lisbon, Portugal: Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Zhou, P. (2010). Children's understanding of dou in Chinese. In Mohanty, R., & Menon, M. (Eds.), Proceedings of GLOW in ASIA VII 2009 (pp. 87-96). Hyderabad: EFL University Press.
  • Notley, A., Zhou, P., Jensen, B. & Crain, S. (2010). Children's interpretation of 'before' and 'or' in English and Mandarin Chinese. In R. Mohanty, & M. Menon (Eds.), Proceedings of GLOW in ASIA VII 2009 (pp. 97-116). Hyderabad: EFL University Press.
  • Zhou, P., & Crain, S. (2009). Focus in child language: Evidence from the acquisition of Chinese. In J. Crawford, K. Otaki, & M. Takahashi (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America (GALANA 2008) (pp. 336-346). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Zhou, P., & Crain, S. (2008). Scope Assignment in Chinese: Why Children and Adults differ. In Y. Otsu (Ed.), Proceedings of the Ninth Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics (pp. 341-366). Tokyo: Hituzi Syobo.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Zhou, P. (2014, July). Children's understanding of the pragmatic function of prosody in sentence comprehension. Invited paper presented at the 13th International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • Zhou, P. (2013, November). Children's knowledge of grammatical aspect in Mandarin Chinese. Paper presented at the Australia-China Science Research Fund Hearing Impairment and Language Acquisition Workshop, Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China.
  • Zhou, P. (2013, November). Child Language Development. Invited presentation given at the Training Workshop for Special Education School Teachers, Beijing Haidian Special Education School, China.
  • Zhou, P., Crain, S., & Zhan, L.K. (2013, November). Anticipatory eye movements in children's processing of grammatical aspect. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, USA.
  • Moscati, V., Zhan, L.K., & Zhou, P. (2013, November). Reasoning on possibilities: An eye tracking study on modal knowledge. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, USA.
  • Moscati., V., Zhan, L.K., & Zhou, P. (2013, November). Reasoning on possibilities – An eye tracking study on modal knowledge. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, USA.
  • Gao, N., Gao, L., & Zhou, P. (2013, November). Children's innate knowledge of logic- Evidence from Mandarin-speaking children’s understanding of double negative structures. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Psycholinguistics in China, Fuzhou, China.
  • Zhan, L.K., Crain, S., & Zhou, P. (2013, November). Going beyond the information that is perceived: The hypothetical property of “if”-conditionals in Mandarin Chinese. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Psycholinguistics in China, Fuzhou, China.
  • Zhou, P. (2013, October). Methodologies in the study of child language development. Invited presentation given at the China Speech Therapy Week, China.
  • An, S., Crain, S., & Zhou, P. (2013, September). Parsing strategies and locality constraints in child mandarin. Poster session presented at the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA 2013), Oldenburg, Germany.
  • Zhou, P. (2013, July). What does eye-tracking reveal about children's linguistic knowledge? Paper presented at the Innovations in the Study of Language Acquisition and Language Impairment Symposium, 19th International Congress of Linguists (19ICL), Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Zhou, P., Romoli, J., & Crain, S. (2013, May). Children's knowledge of alternatives. Paper presented at the 23rd Semantics and Linguistic Theory Conference (SALT23), Santa Cruz, USA.
  • Zhou, P., Crain, S., & Thornton, R. (2012, November). The logic of double negation in child language. Paper presented at the 37th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, USA.
  • Zhou, P., Crain, S., & Thornton, R. (2012, October). Lexical aspect and the use of negation by Mandarin-speaking children. Paper presented at the 5th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition - North America (GALANA5), Lawrence, USA.
  • Zhou, P., Crain, S., & Thornton, R. (2012, October). When two negatives make a positive in child Mandarin. Paper presented at the 5th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition - North America (GALANA5), Lawrence, USA.
  • Zhou, P. (2012, September). Lexical aspect and the use of negation by Mandarin-speaking children. Invited colloquium at the Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China.
  • Zhan, L.K., Crain, S., & Zhou, P. (2012, September). The anticipatory effects of focus operators: A visual-world eye-tracking experiment. Paper presented at the 9th Conference of Generative Linguistics in the Old World Asia (GLOW-in-Asia IX), Mie University, Japan.
  • Zhou, P., Crain, S., & Zhan, L.K. (2012, March). Children’s pragmatic use of prosody in sentence processing. Paper presented at the 35th Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) Workshop: Production and Perception of Prosodically-Encoded Information Structure, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany.
  • Zhou, P. (2012, March). Focus interpretation at the interface. Invited presentation given at the University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany.
  • Crain, S., Goro, T., Zhou, P., & Notley, A. (2012, January). Polarity meets focus in child language. Paper presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Portland, USA.
  • Thornton, R., Crain, S., Zhou, P., Notley, A., & Goro, T. (2012, January). The latest scoop on scope in child language. Paper presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Portland, USA.
  • Zhou, P. (2011, December). Parsing ambiguities: Children’s pragmatic use of prosody in sentence processing. Invited presentation given at the Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin, China.
  • Crain, S., & Zhou, P. (2011, December). Principles and parameters of scope in child language. Invited presentation given at the Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin, China.
  • Zhou, P., Goro, T., & Notley, A. (2011, September). The logic of focus in child language. Paper presented at the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA 2011), Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Crain, S., Goro, T., Notley, A., & Zhou, P. (2011, September). A parametric account of scope in child language. Paper presented at the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA 2011), Thessaloniki, Greece.
  • Zhou, P. (2010, December). Another look at "The observation of isomorphism". Invited colloquium at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
  • Zhou, P. (2010, December). Interface conditions in child Mandarin. Invited presentation given at the Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China.
  • Zhou, P., Su, Y., & Crain, S. (2010, October). The role of prosody in children's ambiguity resolution: A view from Mandarin Chinese. Paper presented at the 13th China International Conference on Contemporary Linguistics, Shanghai, China.
  • Zhou, P., Crain, S., Gao, L.Q., & Zhan, L.K. (2010, September). The role of prosody in children's focus identification. Paper presented at the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition - North America 4 (GALANA-4), Toronto, Canada.
  • Zhou, P., Su, Y., Crain, S., Gao, L.Q., & Zhan, L.K. (2010, August). Children's use of prosodic information in ambiguity resolution. Paper presented at the 8th Conference of Generative Linguistics in the Old World Asia (GLOW-in-Asia 8), Beijing, China.
  • Zhou, P., Su, Y., Crain, S., Gao, L.Q., & Zhan, L.K. (2010, April). The role of prosody in children's ambiguity resolution: A view from Mandarin Chinese. Paper presented at the 1st International Conference on Chinese Acquisition and Cognition, Beijing, China.
  • Zhou, P., & Crain, S. (2009, September). Dou-quantification in child Mandarin. Paper presented at the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA 2009), Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Notley, A., Zhou, P., Jensen, B., & Crain, S. (2009, July). Children's interpretation of before and or in English and Mandarin Chinese. Paper presented at the The 4th International Conference on Formal Linguistics., Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, China.
  • Zhou, P., & Crain, S. (2009, April). Children's Interpretation of wh-words in downward entailing contexts vs. non-downward entailing contexts. Invited presentation given at the Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China.
  • Notley, A. Zhou, P, Jensen, B., & Crain, S. (2009, March). Children's interpretation of before and or in English and Mandarin Chinese Poster session presented at the Festschrift in honour of Max Coltheart, Macquarie University, Australia.
  • Notley, A., Zhou, P., Jensen, B., & Crain, S. (2009, February). Children's Interpretation of 'Before' and 'Or' in English and Mandarin Chinese Presentation given at the 7th Conference on Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW in Asia), English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India.
  • Zhou, P., & Crain, S. (2009, January). Focus Identification in Child Mandarin. Paper presented at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, San Francisco, California, United States.
  • Zhou, P. (2009, January). Children's Understanding of DOU in Chinese Presentation given at the 7th Conference on Generative Linguistics in the Old World, English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India.
  • Zhou, P. (2008, October). Focus Expressions in Child Mandarin. Paper presented at the Workshop on Glimpses of Linguistic Research in Chinese, the Centre for Language Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Zhou, P. (2008, October). How do Mandarin-speaking Children Understand 'Zhiyou'? Invited paper presented at the Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing, China.
  • Zhou, P., & Crain, S. (2008, September). Focus in Child Language: Evidence from the Acquisition of Chinese. Paper presented at the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition - North America 3, University of Connecticut in Storrs, United States.
  • Zhou, P., & Crain, S. (2008, March). Scope Assignment in Chinese: Why Children and Adults differ. Paper presented at the 9th Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Zhou, P. & Gao, L.Q. (2007, December). L1 Processing of Relative Scope in Chinese. Paper presented at the 12th International Conference on the Processing of East Asia Related Languages (PEARL), Tainan, Taiwan.

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