Hello! I am Jiayi Lu (he/his), a third-year PhD student in linguistics at Stanford University. I completed my BA at Northwestern University in 2019 with majors in linguistics, neuroscience, and integrated science. I’m originally from Beijing, China.
I am primarily interested in syntax and psycholinguistics.
In the domain of syntax, I’m generally interested in island effects. Specifically, I have looked at the coordinate structure constraint (the islandhood of conjuncts), and the argument/adjunct asymmetry in island effects.
(1) Coordinate structure constraint and the syntax of coordination:
(2) Argument/adjunct asymmetry in island-sensitivity:
In the domain of psycholinguistics, I’m particularly interested in the nature of acceptability judgments (i.e. what do participants do when they give acceptability ratings to sentences?). I have also done some work on the noisy-channel model of sentence comprehension, and the processing of relative clauses.
(1) Satiation of acceptability judgment:
(2) The “Lingering effect” in wh-question processing and its effect on acceptability judgment (collaboration with Nayoun Kim):
(3) Processing of the gapping construction (collaboration with Nayoun Kim)
(4) Processing of syntactically “noisy” sentences in Mandarin Chinese (work done at TedLab at MIT):
Manuscript in prep, with Meilin Zhan, Ted Gibson, and Roger Levy
(5) Processing of Chinese relative clauses (work done in the Aphasia and Neurolinguistic Lab at Northwestern University):
In my free time, I enjoy cooking, traveling, playing soccer, and watching movies. I’m also a collector of stamps, covers, and other ephemera. As a member of the American First Day Cover Society, I also create cachets (artworks on the left side of stamped covers) for first day covers. Here are some FDC cachets I created: