Pierina Cheung

Ph.D. Candidate

Pierina CheungDevelopmental psychology

B.A. (Toronto)

Supervisors: Dr. Mathieu Le Corre

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Research interests

How does language relate to the human capacity for abstract thought? For example, does learning words such as “star” or “constellation” help language learners carve the world into distinct categories? I am interested in the mapping between words and concepts, and how language allows us to combine different kinds of concepts. To look at the relationship between language and cognition, I study how children acquire language and compare speakers of different languages such as Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and English. Currently, my research focuses on the role of linguistic and non-linguistic representations of sets on quantification.

Publications

  • Cheung, P., Li, P., Barner, D. (2012). Individuation and Quantification: Do bare nouns in Mandarin Chinese individuate? Proceedings of the 22nd North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics and the 18th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics, 395-412.
  • Cheung, P., Li, P., Barner, D. (2010). Syntactic cues to individuation in Mandarin Chinese. Journal of Cognitive Science, 10, 135-147.
  • Barner, D., Libenson, A., Cheung, P., Takasaki, M. (2009). Cross-linguistic relations between quantifiers and numerals in language acquisition: Evidence from Japanese. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 103, 421-440.

Selected presentations

  • Cheung, P., Li, P., Barner, D. (Aug 2012). What counts in Mandarin Chinese: A study of individuation and quantification. Talk presented at the 34th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Sapporo, Japan.
  • Cheung, P., Le Corre, M. (Mar 2011). A study on the acquisition of 'more' in two- to four-year-old children: An investigation of discrete vs. continuous quantification. Talk presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, QC, Canada.
  • Cheung, P., Li, P., Barner, D. (Nov 2010). Are classifiers necessary for individuation in Mandarin Chinese? A study on the acquisition of units of quantification. Poster presented at the 35th Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA, USA.
  • Cheung, P. (May 2010). Individuation and Quantification: Do bare nouns in Mandarin Chinese individuate? Talk presented at the 18th International Association of Chinese Linguistics and 22nd North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, Boston, MA, USA.
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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