Yi Lin

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Program Area: Developmental


Contact Information:


  • Language Acquisition
  • Infant Cognition

Research Description

Language acquisition: I am interested in how children learn to link syntactic structures to individual verbs, and how language-wide distribution, discourse, and online parsing might affect this learning. For example, can children and adults learn new syntactic preferences (verb bias) for verbs that they already know after exposure to new linguistic input? How might the distribution of verbs in the linguistic input affect whether or not children learn new verb bias? I also ask how children learn the selection restrictions of verbs via distributional learning, and how discourse affects online parsing.

Infant cognition: I investigate how young infants represent objects in physical events, including how infants individuate multiple objects hidden behind a screen and how infants bind locations to objects in memory. I also look at how young children learn the meanings of number words by asking whether they could learn the meaning of a number word that they do not yet know after receiving brief training.


  • B.A. Psychology and Economics, Smith College, MA.
  • M.Sc. Psycholinguistics, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh.


Journal Articles

  • "Perceiving referential intent: Dynamics of reference in natural parent–child interactions." Cognition (2016):
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Facilities Information

Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.