Here’s a collection of my papers. PDFs are available for personal use only; do not distribute.


Book chapters

Chen, S. Y. & Husband, E. M. (To appear). Decomposing event in real-time: Putting the pieces (back) together. To appear in C. Cummins & N. Katsos (Eds), Handbook of Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics. Oxford University Press. [pdf]


Chen, S. Y. (2017). Movement Constraints on the Relative Order of Double Topics in Mandarin Chinese. In R. Maddeaux (Ed.), Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics (Vol 38). [pdf][lingbuzz]

Chen, S. Y. (2014). From OMG to TMD – Internet and Pinyin Acronyms in Mandarin Chinese. Language@Internet, Vol 11. [open access]

Chen, S. Y. (2014). Bilingual Advertising in Melbourne Chinatown – A Case Study of Linguistic Landscape in an Immigrant Setting. Journal of International Students, (4)4, 389 – 396. [open access]

Book reviews

Chen, S. Y. (To appear). Book review for The Oxford Handbook of Pragmatics, edited by Yan Huang, Oxford University Press. Solicited by the LINGUIST List.


Work in progress

Chen, S. Y. (in prep). Quantification without Quantifiers: Two Types of Universal Quantification in Mandarin Chinese.

Chen, S. Y. (in prep). Revisiting Chinese Tense – Implication for “Tenseless” Languages and the Universality of Tense Phrase.

Thesis & Research papers

Chen, S. Y. (2017). Processing Tenses for the Living and the Dead: A Psycholinguistic Investigation of Lifetime Effects in Tensed and “Tenseless” Languages. MPhil thesis (Revised), the University of Oxford. [pdf][lingbuzz with Abstract]

Chen, S. Y. (2017). Double Topicalisation, Syntax Does Constrain! – Movement Constraints on the Relative Order of Chinese Double Topics. Paper for Syntax Option, the University of Oxford. [pdf][ResearchGate]

Chen, S. Y. (2017). Covert (Universal) Quantification: A Generalised Quantifier Theory Analysis of -men. Paper for Semantics Option, the University of Oxford. [pdf][lingbuzz]

Chen, S. Y. (2016). Phonological Priming of Semantic Radicals – Time Course of Sublexical Decomposition. Paper for Psycholinguistics Option, the University of Oxford. [pdf]

File drawer

Chen, S. Y. (2016). Psycholinguistic Evidence for Lifetime Effects in English. Ms, the University of Oxford. [pdf]