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Department of Cognitive Science

Dr Lyn Tieu

BSc U of T, MA U of T, MA UConn, PhD UConn.

CCD Postdoctral Research Fellow

Contact Details

Office : 3.404
Phone : +61 2 9850 2938
email : lyn.tieu@mq.edu.au
Homepage : https://lyntieu.wordpress.com/

External Address

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

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

Profile

My research is in the area of child language development, with a focus on the acquisition of semantics. I am interested in children’s interpretations of logical expressions, their ability to compute various kinds of inferences beyond literal meanings, and the developmental trajectory that the child learner takes towards an adult-like semantics. My research studies investigate topics such as logical connectives, polarity-sensitive items, scalar implicatures, and presuppositions, and typically involve behavioural experiments with preschool-aged children.

Prior to joining Macquarie University, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. I completed my PhD in Linguistics at the University of Connecticut in 2013.

Awards

  • Best Paper Award (2016), Tieu, L. "Isomorphism for 'all' (but not 'both'): Floating as a means to investigate scope" in Language Acquisition ($500)
  • David Michaels Teaching Assistant Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of Linguistics, University of Connecticut, USA (2011), Tieu, L.
  • Isabelle Y. Liberman Prize, awarded for outstanding research paper in the psychology of language, University of Connecticut, USA ($1000) (2011), Tieu, L.
  • Dr. James A. & Connie P. Dickson Scholarship in the Sciences & Mathematics, University College, University of Toronto, Canada ($500) (2007), Tieu, L.
  • Dr. James A. & Connie P. Dickson Scholarship in the Sciences & Mathematics, University College, University of Toronto, Canada ($500) (2006), Tieu, L.

Grants Awarded

  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2018) "Investigating the effect of musical priming on language processing in individuals with Alzheimer’s dementia." Tieu, L., Fiveash, A., Crain, S., Brancatisano, O., Thompson, B., & Piguet, O., & Baird, A. ($8,428)

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Tieu, L. (2016). Input versus output in the acquisition of negative polarity: The curious case of 'any'. In P. Larrivée & C. Lee (Eds.), Negation and Polarity: Experimental Perspectives (Language, Cognition, and Mind, Volume 1) (pp. 327-343). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Periodicals

  • Tieu, L., Romoli, J., Poortman, E., Winter, Y., & Crain, S. (In Press). Children's comprehension of plural predicate conjunction. Journal of Child Language.
  • Tieu, L., Yatsushiro, K., Cremers, A., Romoli, J., Sauerland, U., & Chemla, E. (2017). On the role of alternatives in the acquisition of simple and complex disjunctions in French and Japanese. Journal of Semantics, 34(1), 127-152. doi:10.1093/jos/ffw010
  • Cremers, A., Tieu, L., & Chemla, E. (2016). Children’s exhaustive readings of questions. Language Acquisition. doi:10.1080/10489223.2016.1176173
  • de Carvalho, A., Lidz, J., Tieu, L., Bleam, T., & Christophe, A. (2016). English-speaking preschoolers can use phrasal prosody for syntactic parsing. JASA Express Letters, 139(6), 216-222. doi:10.1121/1.4954385
  • Tieu, L., & Lidz, J. (2016). NPI licensing and beyond: Children’s knowledge of the semantics of 'any'. Language Acquisition, 23(4), 311-332. doi:10.1080/10489223.2016.1176172
  • Tieu, L., Romoli, J., Zhou, P., & Crain, S. (2016). Children's knowledge of free choice inferences and scalar implicatures. Journal of Semantics, 33(2), 269-298. doi:10.1093/jos/ffv001
  • Tieu, L. (2015). Isomorphism for 'all' (but not 'both'): Floating as a means to investigate scope. Language Acquisition, 22(3), 310-325. doi:10.1080/10489223.2015.1020062

Published Conference Proceedings

  • Di Bacco, F., Tieu, L., Moscati, V., Folli, R., ..., & Romoli, J. (2017). Testing the QUD approach: Children’s comprehension of scopally ambiguous questions. In A. Kaplan, M.K. McCarvel & E.J. Rubin. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (pp. 177-186). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
  • Tieu, L., & Križ, M. (2017). Connecting the Exhaustivity of Clefts and the Homogeneity of Plural Definite Descriptions in Acquisition. In M. LaMendola, & J. Scott. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 41st Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 651-664). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Gökgöz, K., Bogomolets, K., Tieu, L., Palmer, J., & Lillo-Martin, D. (2016). Contrastive focus in children acquiring English and ASL: Cues of prominence. In L. Perkins, R. Dudley, J. Gerard, & K. Hitczenko (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition in North America (pp. 13-23). Somerville, USA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Tieu, L., & Shen, Z. (2016). The littlest linguists and their superlatives: A first experiment In R. Burkholder, C. Cisneros, E.R. Coppess, J. Grove, ..., & A. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of the 50th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (2014) (pp. 453-467). Chicago, IL: The Chicago Linguistic Society.
  • Zehr, J., Bill, C., Tieu, L., Romoli, J., & Schwarz, F. (2016). Presupposition projection from the scope of none: Universal, existential, or both? In M. Moroney, C.-R. Little, J. Collard, & D. Burgdorf (Eds.), Proceedings of the 26th Semantics and Linguistic Theory Conference (SALT) 26 (pp. 754-774). Washington, USA: Linguistic Society of America.
  • Tieu, L., & Shen, Z. (2015). Searching for absolute and relative readings of superlatives: A second experiment. In E. Grillo & K. Jepson (Eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 424-436). Sommerville, USA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Zehr, J., Bill, C., Tieu, L., Romoli, J., & Schwarz, F. (2015). Existential presupposition projection from none? An experimental investigation. In T. Brochhagen, F. Roelofsen, & N. Theiler (Eds.), Proceedings of the 20th Amsterdam Colloquium (pp. 448-457). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation.
  • Tieu, L., & Kang, J. (2014). On two kinds of negative concord items in Korean. In R. E. Santana-LaBarge (Ed.), Proceedings of the 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (pp. 466-473). Somerville, USA: Cascadilla Press.
  • Tieu, L., Bill, C., Romoli, J., & Crain, S. (2014). Plurality inferences are scalar implicatures: Evidence from acquisition. In J. Grieser, T. Snider, S. D'Antonio, & M. Wiegand (Eds.), Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT 24) (pp. 122-136). Portland, USA: Linguistic Society of America.
  • Shimamura, K., & Tieu, L. (2013). When you can and can’t see double: Revisiting focus doubling in ASL. In K. Schwayder (Ed.), Proceedings of the 36th Penn Linguistics Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics (pp. 189-196). Pennsylvania, USA: Penn Linguistics Club.

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Kane, F., Cremers, A., Tieu, L., Kennedy, L., Sudo, Y., Folli, R. & Romoli, J. (2017, September). ). Testing theories of temporal inferences: Evidence from child language. Poster session presented at the 22nd Sinn und Bedeutung, University of Potsdam, Germany.
  • Kane, F., Cremers, A., Tieu, L., Sudo, Y., Kennedy, L., Folli, R. & Romoli, J. (2017, September). Testing theories of temporal inferences: Evidence from child language. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB), University of Kent, UK.
  • Renans, A., Romoli, J., Makri, M., Tieu, L., de Vries, H., Folli, R. & Tsoulas, G. (2017, September). Abundance inferences are scalar implicatures: Evidence from child and adult Greek. Paper presented at the 22nd Sinn und Bedeutung, University of Potsdam, Germany.
  • Renans, A., Romoli, J., Makri, M., Tieu, L., de Vries, H., Folli, R. & Tsoulas, G. (2017, September). Testing the abundance inference of pluralised mass nouns in Greek. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB), University of Kent, UK.
  • Tieu, L. & Shen, Z. (2017, September). Aiming high: Children’s knowledge of absolute and relative readings of superlatives. Paper presented at the 13th Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA 13), Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
  • Tieu, L. (2017, July). Children’s scalar implicatures: comparing comprehension and production. Poster session presented at the 14th International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Lumière University Lyon 2, France.
  • Tieu, L. (2017, May). Children’s development of enriched meanings. Colloquium at the University of Maryland, USA.
  • Tieu, L., Pasternak, R., Schlenker, P. & Chemla, E. (2017, May). Co-speech gestures: Experimental evidence for projection and local accommodation. Poster session presented at the 27th Semantics and Linguistic Theory Conference (SALT), University of Maryland, USA.
  • Tieu, L. (2017, April). The role of lexical alternatives in children's development of meaning and inference. Paper presented at the Developing Lexicon: Representations and Processing Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Tieu, L., Pasternak, R., Schlenker, P. & Chemla, E. (2017, March). Experimental evidence for a co-suppositional analysis of gestural inferences. Paper presented at the Workshop on Theoretical and Experimental Approaches to Presuppositions, University of Genoa, Italy.
  • Tieu, L. (2016, November). Language Acquisition. Presentation given at the CCD High School Work Experience Program, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Tieu, L., & Kriz, M. (2016, November). Connecting the exhaustivity of clefts and the homogeneity of plural definites in acquisition. Poster session presented at the 41st Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD-41), Boston, USA.
  • Tieu, L., Križ, M., & Chemla, E. (2016, August). On the acquisition of homogeneity in plural definites. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, The Fairmont Resort, Leura.
  • Di Bacco, F., Tieu, L., Moscati, V., Folli, R., Sevdali, C., & Romoli, J. (2016, June). Testing the QUD approach: Children’s comprehension of scopally ambiguous questions. Paper presented at the 37th TABU Dag, University of Groningen, Germany.
  • Tieu, L. (2016, May). Exhaustivity and homogeneity in children: Comparing implicatures, clefts, and plural definite descriptions. Invited colloquium at the University College London, UK.
  • Zehr, J., Bill, C., Tieu, L., Romoli, J., & Schwarz, F. (2016, May). Presupposition projection from the scope of ‘none’: Universal, existential, or both? Paper presented at the 26th Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT 26), University of Texas, USA.
  • Di Bacco, F., Tieu, L., Moscati, V., Folli, R., Sevdali, C., & Romoli, J. (2016, April). Testing the QUD approach: Children’s comprehension of scopally ambiguous questions. Paper presented at the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 34), University of Utah, USA.
  • Bill, C., Zehr, J., Tieu, L., Romoli, J., Crain, S., & Schwarz, F. (2016, February). On the acquisition of presupposition projection. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society, Workshop on Presuppositions in Language Acquisition, Konstanz, Germany.
  • Bill, C., Zehr, J., Tieu, L., Romoli, J., & Schwarz, F. (2015, December). Experimental evidence for existential presupposition projection from ‘none’. Paper presented at the Amsterdam Colloquium, The Netherlands.
  • Bill, C., Pagliarini, E., Romoli, J., Tieu, L., & Crain, S. (2015, November). Children's interpretation of sentences with multiple scalar terms. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Tieu, L., Križ, M., & Chemla, E. (2015, November). On the acquisition of homogeneity in plural definite. Poster session presented at the 40th Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD 40), Boston, USA.
  • Kennedy, L., Romoli, J., Tieu, L., & Folli, R. (2015, October). Scope ambiguity in Broca’s aphasia: A comparative approach. Paper presented at the Workshop on the Linguistic and Cognitive Aspects of Quantification, Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary.
  • Pagliarini, E., Bill, C., Romoli, J., Tieu, L., & Crain, S. (2015, October). Distributive inferences in child language. Paper presented at the Workshop on the Linguistic and Cognitive Aspects of Quantification, Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary.
  • Bill, C., Pagliarini, E., Romoli, J., Tieu, L., & Crain, S. (2015, September). Children's interpretation of sentences with multiple scalar terms. Poster session presented at the 20th Sinn und Bedeutung, University of Tubingen, Germany.
  • Bill, C., Tieu, L., Romoli, J., & Crain, S. (2015, September). Neg-raising in child language. Paper presented at the Workshop on Negation, University of Göttingen, Germany.
  • Kennedy, L., Romoli, J., Tieu, L., & Folli, R. (2015, September). Scope ambiguity and Broca’s aphasia: Evidence for a grammar-specific impairment. Paper presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB), University College London, UK.
  • Tieu, L., Yatsushiro, K., Cremers, A., Romoli, J., Sauerland, U., & Chemla, E. (2015, September). Disjunction in child language: Inclusive, exclusive, or conjunctive? Paper presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, University of Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • Tieu, L., Bill, C., Romoli, J., & Crain, S. (2015, August). Comparing plurality inferences and scalar implicatures in acquisition. Paper presented at the Experimental Approaches to Semantics (ExAS), 27th European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI), Barcelona, Spain.
  • Bill, C., Pagliarini, E., Romoli, J., Tieu, L., & Crain, S. (2015, July). Children’s interpretation of sentences with multiple scalar terms. Paper presented at the Experimental and Crosslinguistic Evidence for the Distinction between Implicatures and Presuppositions (ImPres), Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Germany.
  • Cremers, A., Tieu, L., & Chemla, E. (2015, July). Children’s exhaustive readings of embedded questions. Paper presented at the Experimental Pragmatics (XPRAG), University of Chicago, USA.
  • Tieu, L., & Zaroukian, E. (2015, July). ‘Sorta’ hedging objects, verbs, and whole sentences. Poster session presented at the Experimental Pragmatics (XPRAG), University of Chicago, USA.
  • Tieu, L., Bill, C., Romoli, J., & S. Crain, S., (2015, July). Plurality inferences are scalar implicatures: Further evidence from acquisition. Paper presented at the Experimental and Crosslinguistic Evidence for the Distinction between Implicatures and Presuppositions (ImPres), Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Germany.
  • Tieu, L., Yatsushiro, K., Cremers, A., Romoli, J., Sauerland, U., & Chemla, E. (2015, May). On the acquisition of simple and complex disjunctions in French and Japanese. Paper presented at the 25th Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT 25), Stanford University, USA.
  • Kennedy, L., Romoli, J., Tieu, L., & Folli, R. (2015, April). Scope ambiguity in Broca’s aphasia: Evidence for a grammar-specific impairment. Paper presented at the 38th Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW 38), Paris, France.
  • Tieu, L. (2015, March). Disjunctions in child language. Invited colloquium at the Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Germany.
  • Gokgoz, K., Bogomolets, K., Tieu, L., Palmer, J., & Lillo-Martin, D. (2015, February). Contrastive focus in children acquiring English and ASL: Cues of prominence. Paper presented at the 6th Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition in North America (GALANA 6), University of Maryland, USA.
  • Tieu, L., Cremers, A., & Chemla, E. (2015, February). Children’s sensitivity to the ambiguity of embedded questions. Paper presented at the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition in North America (GALANA), University of Maryland, USA.
  • Zaroukian, E., & Tieu, L. (2015, January). Hedging arguments. Paper presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 89), Portland, USA.
  • Tieu, L. (2014, December). Simple and complex disjunctions in child language. Invited colloquium at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7, France.
  • Tieu, L. (2014, November). Exhaustification in child language: Free choice and embedded questions. Invited colloquium at the Polinsky Lab, Harvard University, USA.
  • Tieu, L. (2014, November). Comparing children’s acquisition of scalar inferences: A look at free choice and embedded questions. Invited colloquium at the University of Ulster, UK.
  • Tieu, L., & Shen, Z. (2014, November). Beyond production: Searching for absolute and relative interpretations of superlatives. Paper presented at the 39th Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD 39), Boston University, USA.
  • Tieu, L., Romoli, J., Poortman, E., Winter, Y., & Crain, S. (2014, October). Boolean and non-Boolean conjunction in acquisition. Paper presented at the First Fall Meeting on Formal Linguistics: Languages and Cognition (RALFe), École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France.
  • Kennedy, L., Romoli, J., Tieu, L., Sevdali, C., Bill, C., Crain, S., & Folli, R. (2014, September). Broca’s aphasia and plurality inferences. Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB), University of Oxford, UK.
  • Tieu, L. (2014, June). Isomorphism for all (but not both): Floating as a means to investigate scope. Paper presented at the Workshop on ‘Quantifier Scope: Syntactic, Semantic, and Experimental Approaches’, IKER, Bayonne, France.
  • Tieu, L., & Shen, Z. (2014, May). Investigating superlatives in the littlest linguists. Paper presented at the GLOW in Asia X, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan.
  • Tieu, L., Bill, C., Romoli, J., & Crain, S. (2014, May). Plurality inferences are scalar implicatures. Poster session presented at the 24th Semantics and Linguistic Theory Conference (SALT 24), New York, USA.
  • Tieu, L., & Shen, Z. (2014, April). The littlest linguists and their superlatives. Paper presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society (CLS 50), University of Chicago, USA.
  • Tieu, L., Romoli, T., Zhou, P., & Crain, S. (2013, October). Children can compute any free choice inference. Paper presented at the Workshop on the Acquisition of Quantification, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA.
  • Tieu, L., & Lidz, J. (2013, September). Testing for domain widening: Experimental evidence for obligatory exhaustification. Poster session presented at the 5th Biennial Conference of Experimental Pragmatics (XPRAG), Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
  • Tieu, L., & Messick, T. (2013, September). Children are ‘all’ like adults: Floating as a means to investigating scope. Paper presented at the Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA), University of Oldenburg, Germany.
  • Tieu, L. (2013, July). Negative polarity and domain widening: A learnability perspective. Paper presented at the Workshop on Negation and Polarity: Interfaces and Cognition, International Congress of Linguists (ICL), Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Tieu, L. (2013, May). Do children know anything about anything? From licensing to domain widening. Invited colloquium at the Reed College, Portland, USA.
  • Tieu, L. (2013, February). Learning your A-B-ANYs: On the acquisition of domain widening. Invited colloquium at the University of Connecticut, USA.
  • Tieu, L., & Kang, L. (2013, February). On two kinds of negative concord items in Korean. Paper presented at the 31st West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics (WCCFL 31), Arizona State University, USA.
  • Kang, J., & Tieu, L. (2013, January). Distinguishing negative polarity from concord in Korean. Paper presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 87), Boston, USA.
  • Tieu, L. (2012, September). Going wide: 4-year-olds’ knowledge of ‘any’. Invited colloquium at the UConn-Nanzan Joint Workshop on Language Acquisition and Related Issues, Nanzan University, Japan.
  • Shimamura, K., & Tieu, L. (2012, March). When you can and can’t see double: Revisiting focus doubling in ASL. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Penn Linguistics Colloquium (PLC 36), University of Pennsylvania, USA..
  • Tieu, L. (2012, January). Semantic-pragmatic conditions on wh-in-situ in English. Poster session presented at the 6th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 86), Portland, USA.
  • Tieu, L., & Kang, J. (2012, January). Reconciling neg-raising and NPIs in Korean. Paper presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 86), Portland, USA.
  • Tieu, L. (2011, July). Cross-linguistic influence at the level of syntactic features: The case of wh-questions. Paper presented at the Symposium on Wh-Questions in Bilingual Acquisition, at the 12th International Congress for the Study of Child Language (IASCL 12), Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada.
  • Tieu, L. (2011, May). On ‘either’ in questions. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Linguistic Association (CLA), University of New Brunswick, Canada.
  • Sharvit, Y., & Tieu, L. (2011, January). Cross-linguistic variation in before-clauses. Poster session presented at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 85), Pittsburgh, USA.

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