I am an assistant professor in Institute of Linguistics at National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. I completed my Ph.D. in Linguistics, with a certificate in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, at the University of Maryland. Before that, I received my M.A. in Linguistics and B.A. in English from National Taiwan Normal University.
My area is in Neurolinguistics and Psycholinguistics. My research explores how syntax and semantics interact as a sentence is constructed over time, as well as how general cognitive mechanisms support language comprehension. My goal is to bridge linguistic theories and cognitive neuroscience research, in hopes of developing a better understanding of sentence comprehension. To this end, one thread of my research focuses on verb-argument relations from a processing perspective—as verbs play a key role in human language, understanding how verbs are related to their arguments in real time is critical to building a theory of online language comprehension. A second thread of my research examines sentence processing in bilinguals, from whom we can study not only how the grammars of the two languages interact with each other, but also how the language system interacts with other cognitive abilities.
To address the issues, I have mainly used behavioral measures and EEG (Electroencephalography). In the course of my academic career, I have run more than 1,500 ERP subjects. I expect to continue to use EEG for my future work and would be glad to pass on my experiences to students and colleagues who are interested in this technique.
Last updated: February, 2021