Chien-Jer Charles Lin

Chien-Jer Charles Lin
Indiana University Bloomington | IUB · Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Ph.D.

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Introduction
I do research on the interface between grammar and cognitive processes. I study how language is made possible and constrained by the human brain. The core of my research is to look for the influence of grammar and look into how grammar (and syntax) works in the mind.
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August 2016 - present
Indiana University Bloomington
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  • Professor (Associate)
August 2009 - July 2016
Indiana University Bloomington
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
August 2006 - July 2009
National Taiwan Normal University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)

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Publications (40)
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In an eye-tracking study, we used Chinese double-subject construction [NPa NPb PREDICATE] (e.g., [nage jiezhi]NPa [sheji]NPb [hen tebie]PREDICATE 'that ring design very special') in a concessive construction like suiran…dan… 'although…but…' to investigate how the syntactic position of the topic NP (i.e., that ring) affects the comprehension of topi...
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This chapter will present the distribution of Chinese relative clauses in the Sinica Treebank (Chen et al. 1996; Huang et al. 2017). We extracted 3,081 relative clauses from the treebank and classified the relative clauses into six types, including gapless relative clauses, possessive relative clauses, descriptive relative clauses, passive relative...
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Mandarin tone 3 sandhi is a phonological alternation in which the initial tone 3 (i.e., low tone) syllable changes to a tone 2 (i.e., rising tone) when followed by another tone 3. The present study used a cross-modal syllable-morpheme matching experiment to examine how native speakers process the sandhi sequences derived from verb reduplication and...
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Language serves as the interface between code and message. This entry provides an overview of the psycholinguistic approach to this relation as it happens in the human mind. It provides an overview of psycholinguistic research, its interdisciplinary nature, common methods, and a sampler of main issues in different levels of language processing. It...
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In this study participants read plausible and implausible sentences containing concessive and causal relations in Chinese, for instance, [Although/ Because] he has a talent for language, he [doesn't like/likes] learning English. In two self-paced reading experiments (Experiments 1 and 2), we consistently found the plausibility effect at the postcri...
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In this study participants read plausible and implausible sentences containing concessive and causal relations in Chinese, for instance, [Although/Because] he has a talent for language, he [doesn’t like/likes] learning English. In two self-paced reading experiments (Experiments 1 and 2), we consistently found the plausibility effect at the postcrit...
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This article investigates how dependencies are constructed in prenominal relative clauses of Mandarin Chinese by comparing the comprehension of two types of relative clauses: possessive relative clauses (PRCs), where the head noun is associated with a dependent noun phrase in the embedded clause, and adjunct relative clauses (ARCs), where the head...
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Studies of lexical ambiguity resolution in sentential contexts have not sufficiently considered the relatedness among an ambiguous word’s meanings as a predicting factor for semantic activation. To better understand the relation between lexical access and discourse processing and the effect of semantic relatedness on lexical ambiguity resolution, a...
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This study investigates the comprehension of three kinds of subject-extracted relative clauses (SRs) in Mandarin Chinese: standard SRs, relative clauses involving the disposal ba construction ("disposal SRs"), and relative clauses involving the long passive bei constructions ("passive SRs"). In a self-paced reading experiment, the regions before th...
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Decades of lexical ambiguity research has rigorously studied effects of relative sense frequency on sense disambiguation in biased contexts, while fundamental semantic issues such as distinction of different types of ambiguities, or influences from lexical meanings' semantic nature (e.g., literal or metaphorical) as well as these meanings' degrees...
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This paper investigates the comprehension of relative clauses in Mandarin Chinese, where noun phrases are head-final and both an object-relative advantage and a subject-relative advantage have been previously reported. Two self-paced reading experiments are reported, suggesting that the comprehension of Chinese relative clauses is sensitive to the...
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It has been found that vowels have perceptual advantage over tones (e.g., Ye and Connie, 1999) and that phonetic orthographic information can be activated in speech perception (e.g., Frauenfelder, Segui, and Dijkstra, 1990). In the present study, we used a tone-vowel detection task where Zhuyin (Taiwanese) and Pinyin users (Mainland Chinese) were a...
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This chapter explores the issue of garden-path in the comprehension of head-final relative clauses (particularly in Chinese and Japanese). Experimental data from two self-paced reading studies in Chinese are compared, showing the existence of a main-clause garden-path effect on the object-extracted relative clause modifying the object of the matrix...
Book
This book explores the interaction of grammatical components in a wide variety of languages, and presents and exemplifies new experimental and analytic techniques for studying linguistic interfaces. Speaking a language requires access to the different aspects of its grammar - semantic, syntactic, phonological, pragmatic, morphological, and phonetic...
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This paper revisits the effect of lexical ambiguity in word recognition, which has been controversial as previous research reported advantage, disadvantage, and null effects. We discuss factors that were not consistently treated in previous research (e.g., the level of lexical ambiguity investigated, parts of speech of the experimental stimuli, and...
Conference Paper
Corpus-based frequency has long been an important factor in psycholinguistics. And how relative meaning frequency can be determined is particularly crucial for study of lexical ambiguity. For example, in examining activation of the two meanings of bank (financial institution vs. riverbank) in biased contexts, one must seek clear criteria to determi...
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This article examines the special processing characteristics of head-final relative clauses. As head-final relative clauses superficially resemble other prenominal modifiers such as adjectivals, stative verbs, and adjunctive/complement clauses, their status as a distinct kind has constantly been challenged. We present existing processing evidence t...
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This article explores the construction of filler-gap dependencies in Chinese possessor relative clauses (PRCs), which are different from typical relative clauses (RCs) considered in the literature because Chinese PRCs contain no overt missing arguments (i.e. gaps). As Chinese RCs are prenominal, the gaps precede the head noun fillers. It has been s...
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0 Introduction Aspect and resultative constructions have been treated as distinct phenomena in the linguistic literature. Viewpoint aspect encodes ways of viewing the "internal temporal constituency of a situation;" in particular, it provides information about completion and boundedness that is superimposed on verb phrases (Comrie 1976:3). It takes...
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This is the first textbook on metaphor to appear after the cognitive linguistic revolution of metaphorical research launched two decades ago by Lakoff & Johnson with their pioneering work, Metaphors we live by . Much scholarship has since been devoted to this paradigm of research. Twenty years have passed, and Kövecses takes this as a good time to...
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The fact that Mandarin Chinese differs from mass-count languages with respect to the mass-count syntax has led many studies to argue that mass-count distinction is not linguistically encoded in Mandarin Chinese. As a result, some studies claim that, in classifier languages such as Mandarin Chinese, mass-count distinction is not linguistically speci...
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One of the favorite questions that humans have constantly been asking themselves is what distinguishes them as a species from all others. Besides the apparent physiological and anatomical differences, humans are most interested in their sophisticated ability to think—a capacity that has been considered enormously superior to that of all other anima...
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In this chapter, we examine the processing foundation of grammaticality judgments and linguistic explanations. Theories of grammar are divided into three types: Universal Grammar Par Excellence (UGPE), Mental Grammar (MG), and Grammar in Use (GU). Five processing factors in MG are discussed, including the selective and inhibitory nature of human co...
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Whether resumptives exist for grammatical purposes or to facilitate processing is an ongoing debate in the linguistic literature. There is yet little experimental evidence on the role of resumptives and the acceptability of sentences with resumptives in Mandarin. This paper adopts questionnaires of grammaticality judgment and on-line self-paced rea...

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