Doctor Liquan Liu

Doctor Liquan Liu

Lecturer in Psychology,
Psychology: Behavioural Science (SSAP)

Biography

Dr. Liquan Liu obtained his Bachelor degree of Art in East China Normal University in 2004, and his Master degree of Philosophy with distinction in Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS, Utrecht University in 2010. In 2014, Liquan acquired his doctorate in Utrecht University in the field of psycholinguistics, exploring the effect of multilingualism on child language development. Liquan is currently a lecturer of School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University. He works in Babylab Kingswood, collaborating with researchers from the School, the MARCS Institute and overseas scholars.

 

Liquan’s research interests lie in the multi-dimensional effects of multilingualism on infant development and the relationship between nature (internal factors: initial biases, learning mechanisms and developmental disorders and nurture (external factors: exposure) in the course of child development. Recently, he becomes interested in infant socio-cultural development. He is familiar with various behavioural and neural research methodologies.

 

Liquan is genuine, positive, collaborative, easy-going, and kind. His classroom lacks no current research findings and laughs. He actively engages with social media and families, answering questions regarding child development and developmental measures.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Liu.

Qualifications

  • PhD Utrecht University

Awards

  • Best presentation award in conference Phonetics and Phonology in Iberia 2013-08-01
  • ??? Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language (COEDL) Early Career Researcher Award 2016-12-06

Interests

  • Bilingualism
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Infant Development
  • Language Development
  • Motor Development
  • Multilingualism

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Psychology: Behavioural Science (SSAP)

Contact

Email: L.Liu@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 47360 005
(02) 47360 005
Mobile:
Location: DEM C 1
Penrith (Kingswood)O.G.30
Penrith (Kingswood)
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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 100023 Psychology of Language, 2017
  • 101183 Psychology: Behavioural Science, 2016
  • 101682 Developmental Psychology, 2016
  • 101682 Developmental Psychology, 2017

Publications

Books

  • Liu, L. (2013), 'The Effects of Bilingualism on Infant Language Development: The Acquisition of Sounds and Words', : LOT 9789460931291.

Chapters in Books

  • Liu, L. and Weidemann, G. (2017), 'Is it wise to raise your child bilingually?', China Language Strategies. Volume 5, Number 1, Nanjing University Press 9787305190445.
  • Liu, L. and Kager, R. (2015), 'Understanding phonological acquisition through phonetic perception : the influence of exposure and acoustic salience', Phonological Studies = Phonology Study: No.18(2015) = On'in kenkyu? : 18 (2015), Kaitakusha 9784758920186.

Journal Articles

  • Liu, L., Ong, J., Tuninetti, A. and Escudero, P. (2018), 'One way or another : evidence for perceptual asymmetry in pre-attentive learning of non-native contrasts', Frontiers in Psychology, vol 9 .
  • Liu, L. and Kager, R. (2018), 'Monolingual and bilingual infants' ability to use non-native tone for word learning deteriorates by the second year after birth', Frontiers in Psychology, vol 9 .
  • Liu, L. and Kager, R. (2017), 'Is mommy talking to daddy or to me? : exploring parental estimates of child language exposure using the Multilingual Infant Questionnaire', International Journal of Multilingualism, vol 14, no 4 , pp 366 - 377.
  • Liu, L. and Kager, R. (2017), 'Enhanced music sensitivity in 9-month-old bilingual infants', Cognitive Processing, vol 18, no 1 , pp 55 - 65.
  • Liu, L., Chen, A. and Kager, R. (2017), 'Perception of tones in Mandarin and Dutch adult listeners', Language and Linguistics, vol 18, no 4 , pp 622 - 646.
  • Liu, L. and Kager, R. (2017), 'Statistical learning of speech sounds is most robust during the period of perceptual attunement', Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, vol 164 , pp 192 - 208.
  • Liu, L. and Kager, R. (2017), 'Perception of tones by bilingual infants learning non-tone languages', Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, vol 20, no 3 , pp 561 - 575.
  • Liu, L., Han, M. and Kager, R. (2017), 'Keeping up with the monolinguals : an equal pace of vocabulary development between Dutch monolingual and bilingual infants in the first 18 months after birth', Dutch Journal of Applied Linguistics, vol 6, no 1 , pp 41 - 64.
  • Liu, L. and Kager, R. (2016), 'Perception of a native vowel contrast by Dutch monolingual and bilingual infants : a bilingual perceptual lead', International Journal of Bilingualism, vol 20, no 3 , pp 335 - 345.
  • Chen, A., Liu, L. and Kager, R. (2016), 'Cross-domain correlation in pitch perception, the influence of native language', Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, vol 31, no 6 , pp 751 - 760.
  • Liu, L. and Kager, R. (2015), 'Bilingual exposure influences infant VOT perception', Infant Behavior and Development, vol 38 , pp 27 - 36.
  • Chen, A., Liu, L. and Kager, R. (2015), 'Cross-linguistic perception of Mandarin tone sandhi', Language Sciences, vol 48 , pp 62 - 69.
  • Liu, L. and Kager, R. (2014), 'Perception of tones by infants learning a non-tone language', Cognition, vol 133, no 2 , pp 385 - 394.

Conference Papers

  • Liu, L. (2016), 'The early bilingual influence on speech and music processing', Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, Parramatta, N.S.W..
  • Bazouni, J., Liu, L., Weidemann, G. and Escudero, P. (2016), 'The role of affect processing on infant word learning', Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, Parramatta, N.S.W..
  • Liu, L. and Kager, R. (2014), 'The discrimination of tonal contrasts by monolingual and bilingual adults', International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages, Nijmegen, Netherlands.
  • Liu, L. and Kager, R. (2013), 'How bilingualism alters non-tone-learning infants' tone perception in the first year of life', Boston University Conference on Language Development , Boston, Mass..
  • Liu, L. and Kager, R. (2012), 'Non-tone monolingual and bilingual infants' tone perception under perceptual reorganization', International Symposium on Tonal Aspects of Languages, Nanjing, China.
  • Liu, L. and Kager, R. (2012), 'Non-native tone perception from infant to adult : how consistent and flexible is it?', Speech Prosody , Shanghai, China.
  • Liu, L. and Kager, R. (2011), 'Is perceptual reorganization affected by statistical learning? : Dutch infants' sensitivity to lexical tone', Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, Mass..
  • Liu, L. and Kager, R. (2011), 'How do statistical learning and perceptual reorganization alter Dutch infant's perception to lexical tones?', International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Hong Kong, China.
  • Liu, L. and Kager, R. (2011), 'Dutch infants' sensitivity to lexical tones under perceptual reorganization : a cross-sectional study', Psycholinguistic Representation of Tone Conference, Hong Kong, China.

Liquan’s research interests lie in the multi-dimensional effects of multilingualism on infant development and the relationship between nature (internal factors: initial biases, learning mechanisms and developmental disorders and nurture (external factors: exposure) in the course of child development. Recently, he becomes interested in infant sociocultural development. He is familiar with various behavioural and neural research methodologies.

Affect & language:      Affect and child language development

Culture:                       Infant perception and preference of parent-infant dyads

Gender:                       The development of infant gender-specific toy preferences

Manybabies:               The global replication of IDS with infants

Manybabies BIL:         The global replication of IDS with bilingual infants

MILQ:                          Multilingual Infant Language Questionnaire validation

Mispronunciation:       L2 learners’ cross-linguistic word mispronunciation

Music:                         The enhancement of music perception in bilingual adults

Pitch:                           Infant language and music pitch processing development

Pregnancy IDS:            Pregnant mothers’ "infant"-directed speech

Race & language:       Adding speech cue and bilingualism on ORE

Statistical learning:     Infant non-native pitch statistical learning across domains

Word learning:            Infant word learning associated with language and music

Tone atlas:                  Infant perception of different tones in the world

This information has been contributed by Doctor Liu.

Previous Projects

Title: Tracking statistical learning through cross-domain pitch processing [via ANU CoE]
Funder:
  • Australian Research Council (ACRG)
Western Researchers: Liquan Liu and Paola Escudero Neyra
Years: 2016-05-01 - 2017-12-31
ID: P00023475

Media

Title: Bilingual babies are better at detecting musical sounds, research shows
Description: The Conversation
Title: Pourquoi les petits bilingues ont l???oreille musicale
Description: The Conversation
Title: Serenading the baby brain
Description: Lateral Magazine

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