Jane S.Y. Li

Simon Fraser University

Hi! I'm a linguistics student at SFU and incoming PhD student at JHU CogSci interested in psycholinguistics. Specifically, I'm drawn to questions related to morphological processing and its interfaces with phonology and the mental lexicon, such as:

Do bound morphemes (e.g. -ed past tense, -s plural) get stored as their own units in the mental lexicon, like free morphemes (e.g. cat, dog)?Are irregularly inflected forms (e.g. swim-swam) stored in the mental lexicon differently than regularly inflected forms (e.g. jump-jumped)?Are morphologically complex opaque words stored differently than their transparent counterparts?
I hope to approach these questions through experimentation and computational modelling, especially with morphologically-rich understudied languages (e.g. Tagalog).

When I'm not doing stuff related to linguistics, you'll find me cross-stitching or making modular origami.


Sound & lexical frequencies – Cantonese & Tashlhiyt

In this series of projects, I generate type (unique words) and token (all occurrences) frequencies of phonological, morphological, and lexical units of Cantonese and Tashlhiyt.

Why is this needed?
Experimental studies: this project acts as a resource for experimentalists to control for frequency effects or apply to experimental conditions (e.g. high vs. low frequency items).Speech error studies: to interpret error rates for certain sounds in various syllabic roles, we want to compare it to a baseline – the current project acts as a baseline for non-erroneous speech.
Publications & data:
Li, Jane S.Y., Heikal Badrulhisham, John Alderete. 2020. Word and sound frequency in Cantonese: Comparisons across three corpora.. Submitted.>> Interact with our data on Github!

Semantics of Tagalog Inclusory Constructions

I examine a DP phenomenon in Tagalog in my honors thesis, where a plural pronoun combined with a definite NP necessarily yields the reading of a singular associate + the NP individual. For example, the phrase sila ni Juan 'they of John' is only felicitous when John is with one friend/coworker.
Why one friend/coworker/family member only? How do we restrict a plural pronoun to a singular reading in formal semantics?Why one associate (e.g. friend, coworker)? How is association modelled in formal semantics?
Manuscript (submitted):
Li, Jane S.Y. 2021. The semantics of Tagalog inclusory constructions. Submitted.

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