Dr Lyn Tieu

Research Program: Speech and Language


My research focuses primarily on children’s acquisition of syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Many of my projects investigate children’s production and comprehension of different kinds of sentence structures, their understanding of logical expressions like negation and disjunction, and their ability to make inferences beyond literal meanings. Other ongoing projects investigate the meaning contributions of gestures, as well as the interaction between language and music processing. I am also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at Macquarie University, where I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. Prior to moving to Australia, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (LINGUAE group) at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. I completed my PhD in Linguistics at the University of Connecticut in 2013.

Research Interests

- Child language acquisition (development of syntax, semantics, and pragmatics)

- Formal and experimental linguistics (syntax, semantics, pragmatics)

- Semantics of gesture

- Interaction between language and music processing


- PhD in Linguistics, University of Connecticut (2013)

- Postdoctoral fellowship, ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Macquarie University (2016-2017)

- Postdoctoral fellowship, Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (2014-2016)


Senior Research Fellow


For a full listing of my publications, please visit my personal website   https://lyntieu.wordpress.com/