Aubrey (Sin Hang) Lau
I work in the area of psycholinguistics and am particularly interested in sentence processing in language production. My primary research lines investigate four broad questions:
(1) How do speakers learn and generalize syntactic structures based on limited input in a constrained manner, such that they do not over- or under-generate?
(2) Are structuring mechanisms across linguistic units of different grain size shared?
(3) What are the planning units in speech?
(4) How are events conceptualized pre-linguistically and how does that affect language use?
My secondary interest is in using corpus studies to complement my behavioral work. The goal is to infer processing constraints and communication principles from diachronic patterns in language use. Outside of the lab, I informally conduct dog cognition research with my Miniature American Shepherd, Winston.
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Lau, S. H., Momma, S., & Ferreira, V. S. (Under Review). Learning Structural Alternations: What guides learners’ genearlization?
Lau, S. H.*, Huang, Y.*, Ferreira, V. S., & Vul, E. (2019). Perceptual features predict word frequency asymmetry across modalities. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 81(4), 1076-1087. [pdf]
*This work is the extension of a class project for a graduate statistics course and is co-first authored by Lau and Huang.
Lau, S. H., & Hwang, H. (2016). The Effects of Frequency on Pronoun Production. Journal of Cognitive Science, 17(4), 547-569. [pdf]
Lau, S. H., Li, C., & Ferreira, V.S. (2020). One Syllable, Two Tones, hen3 ma2 fan (very troublesome)!. Poster presented at Psychonomics 2020 (Virtual) [pdf]
*J. Frank Yates Student Conference Award (1000 USD)
Lau, S. H., Momma, S., & Ferreira, V. S. (2020). Learning Structural Alternations: What tells learners how to generalize?. Poster at the 33rd Annual CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference in Amherst, MA.
*This poster has one more experiment than the previous version with the same title.
Lau, S. H., Ferreira, V.S., & Momma, S. (2019). Do people structure sentences and words using shared mechanisms?. Poster presented at Psychonomics 2019 in Montreal, Quebec [pdf]
Lau, S. H., Momma, S., & Ferreira, V. S. (2018). Learning Structural Alternations: What tells learners how to generalize?. Poster presented at the International Workshop on Language production in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. [pdf]
*Runner-up for the Student Poster Award (100 euro)