Chien-Jer Charles Lin

Chien-Jer Charles Lin

Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures

Associate Professor, Linguistics

Associate Professor, Cognitive Science


  • The University of Arizona

Research interests

Psychology of Language, Cognitive Neuroscience of Language, Sentence Processing, Chinese Linguistics


  • Indiana University Trustee's Teaching Award

Representative publications

Subject preference in the processing of relative clauses in Chinese (2006)
Chien-Jer Charles Lin and Thomas G Bever
Proceedings of the 25th west coast conference on formal linguistics, 254-260

The subject-relative advantage in Chinese: Evidence for expectation-based processing (2015)
Lena Jäger, Zhong Chen, Qiang Li, Chien-Jer Charles Lin and Shravan Vasishth
Journal of Memory and Language, 79 97-120

Grammar and parsing: A typological investigation of relative-clause processing (2006)
Chien-Jer Charles Lin
The University of Arizona..

Garden path and the comprehension of head-final relative clauses (2010)
Chien-Jer Charles Lin and Thomas G Bever
Springer, Dordrecht. 277-297

The processing foundation of head-final relative clauses (2008)
Chien-Jer Charles Lin
Language and Linguistics, 9 (4), 813-839

Ambiguity advantage revisited: Two meanings are better than one when accessing Chinese nouns (2010)
Chien-Jer Charles Lin and Kathleen Ahrens
Journal of psycholinguistic research, 39 (1), 19-Jan

Chinese is no exception: Universal subject preference of relative clause processing (2006)
C Lin and T Bever
19th annual CUNY conference on human sentence processing,

Effect of thematic order on the comprehension of Chinese relative clauses (2014)
Chien-Jer Charles Lin
Lingua, 140 180-206

Constructing filler-gap dependencies in Chinese possessor relative clauses (2005)
Chien-Jer Charles Lin, Sandiway Fong and Thomas G Bever
Proceedings of the 19th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, 143-154

Processing doubly-embedded head-final relative clauses (2007)
Chien-Jer Charles Lin and Thomas G Bever
Interdisciplinary Approaches to Relative Clauses. Cambridge, UK,

How many meanings does a word have? Meaning estimation in Chinese and English (2005)
Chienjer Charles Lin and Kathleen Ahrens
Language acquisition, change and emergence: Essays in evolutionary linguistics, 437-464

Calculating the number of senses: Implications for ambiguity advantage effect during lexical access (2000)
Chienjer Charles Lin and Kathleen Ahrens
Proceedings of the ISCLL VII 2000, 141-154

Processing (in) alienable possessions at the syntax-semantics interface (2007)
Chien-Jer Charles Lin
conference On Linguistic Interfaces, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland,

Comprehending Chinese relative clauses in context: Thematic patterns and grammatical functions (2010)
Chien-Jer Charles Lin
Clemens LE, Liu CML, Proceedings of the 22rd North American Conference on Chinese Lingusitics (NACCL-22) and the 18th International Conference on Chinese Linguistics (IACL-18). Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1 413-428

Nasal endings of Taiwan Mandarin: Production, perception, and linguistic change (2002)
Chienjer Charles Lin
35th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics,