Faculty Profile

Yuchin Chien

Professor
Ph.D., Cornell University
General Experimental Psychology
Language & Cognition

Contact Information:

Office:SB-507
Phone:909.537.5596
Fax:909.537.7003
Email:ychien@csusb.edu

Research and Teaching Interests:

Experimental study of (1) language acquisition from a cross-linguistic perspective and (2) the interaction between language-specific features and cognition.

PSYC-105: Critical Thinking Through Problem Analysis
PSYC-210: Psychological Statistics
PSYC-210: Psychological Statistics (Lab)
PSYC-305: Psycholinguistics
PSYC-311: Introduction to Experimental Psychology
PSYC-360: Cognitive Psychology
PSYC-640: Advanced Methods in Psychological Research

Honors and Awards:

1992 College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Professional Growth Award

1989-1991 National Science Foundation Grant (BNS-88-20439) for a research project entitled " A Theoretical and Experimental Study of the Cross Linguistic Acquisition of Binding."

1992-1995 National Science Foundation Grant (DBS-91-20847) for a research project entitled " A Theoretical and Experimental Study of the Cross Linguistic Acquisition of Binding."

Representative Publications:

Riefer, D.M., Chien, Y., & Reimer, J.F. (2007). Positive and negative generation effects in source monitoring. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 60, 1389-1405.

Chien, Y.-C., & Lust, B. (2006). Chinese children's knowledge of the Binding Principles. In P. Li, L. H. Tan, E. Bates, and O. J. L. Tzeng (Eds.) Handbook of East Asian Psycholinguistics (Vol. 1: Chinese), (pp. 23-38). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Chien, Y.-C., Lust, B., & Chiang, C.-P., (2003). Chinese children's comprehension of count-classifiers and mass-classifiers. Journal of East Asian Linguistics, 12, 91-120.

Lust, B., Chien, Y.-C., Chiang, C.-P., & Eisele, J. (1996). Chinese pronominals in Universal Grammar: A study of linear precedence and command in Chinese and English children's first language acquisition. Journal of East Asian Linguistics, 5, 1-47.

Chien, Y.-C. (1994). Structural determinants of quantifier scope: An experimental study of Chinese first language acquisition. In B. Lust, M. Suner, G. Hermon, J. Kornfilt, and J. Whitman (Eds.) Syntactic Theory and First Language Acquisition: Cross-linguistic Perspectives--Volume 2: Binding, Dependencies and Learnability, (pp. 391-415). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Grodzinsky, Y., Wexler, K., Chien, Y.-C., Marakovitz, S., & Solomon, J. (1993). The breakdown of binding relations. Brain and Language, 45, 396-422.

Chien, Y. C., Wexler, K., & Chang, H. W. (1993). Children's development of long distance binding in Chinese. Journal of East Asian Linguistics, 2, 229-259.

Chien, Y. C. (1992). Theoretical implications of the principles and parameters model for language acquisition in Chinese. In O. Tzeng and H. C. Chen (Eds.) Language Processing in Chinese, (pp. 313-345). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: North-Holland Elsevier Science Publishers B. V.

Chien, Y. C., & Wexler, K. (1990). Children's knowledge of locality conditions in binding as evidence for the modularity of syntax and pragmatics. Language Acquisition, 1, 225-295.

Lust, B., Chien, Y. C., & Flynn, S. (1987). What children know: Comparison of methods for the study of first language acquisition. In B. Lust (Ed.) Studies in the Acquisition of Anaphora: Applying the Constraints, (pp. 271-356). Boston, MA: D. Reidel Publishing Company.

Chien, Y. C., & Lust, B. (1985). The concepts of topic and subject in first language acquisition of Mandarin Chinese. Child Development, 56, 1359-1375.

Lust, B., & Chien, Y. C. (1984). The structure of coordination in first language acquisition of Mandarin Chinese: Evidence for a universal. Cognition, 17, 49-83.