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



In prep

Chen, S. Y. The two lives of zero: numeral, intensification, and scale boundaries. [email me for a draft]

Huang, N. Z. & Chen, S. Y. A future/non-future analysis of Mandarin Chinese.

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. [link]


Chen, S. Y. & Husband, E. M. (2018). Comprehending anaphoric presuppositions involves memory retrieval “too”. Proceedings of the LSA Annual Meeting, 3(44), 1-11. [link]

Chen, S. Y. & Husband, E. M. (2018). Contradictory (Forward) Lifetime Effects and the Non-Future Tense in Mandarin Chinese. Proceedings of the LSA Annual Meeting, 3(6), 1-14. [link]


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][PsyArXiv]

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]


Book reviews

Chen, S. Y. (2017). Book review for The Oxford Handbook of Pragmatics, edited by Yan Huang, Oxford University Press. [LINGUIST List].

File drawer

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