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    I'm Jiuzhou

    A PhD candidate in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh

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  • Child Language Development Researcher

    My current research centres on cross-linguistic aspects of morpho-syntactic acquisition and processing in different child populations, including typically-developing and language-impaired monolingual and bilingual children.

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About Me

Who Am I?

Greetings! I'm Jiuzhou (Chiu-Chou) Hao

I am a native Mandarin speaker. My first name in Mandarin is written as 九州. My name translated (romanised) into Pinyin and Wade-Giles systems would be Jiuzhou and Chiu-Chou respectively. My last name is written in Mandarin as 郝 and this romanises into Hao in both systems. The IPA transcription for my full name Jiuzhou (Chiu-Chou) Hao would be [tɕiou ʈʂou xau].

I am a PhD Candidate in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom). My research explores the development of morphosyntax in typically developing children and children with Developmental Language Disorders (both monolingual and bilingual). In bilingual contexts, I am especially interested in bilingual children who grow up in societies where the societal language is not their home language (i.e., Child Heritage Speakers). In my research, I use a variety of methods to develop a deeper understanding of language abilities, i.e., real-time psycholinguistic processing, offline comprehension and production, amongst these child populations.

When I am not conducting research, I am an avid reader on topics spanning from statistics to natural language processing, as well as nutrition. Indeed, I put my statistical and language processing readings to use in my studies. My reading on nutrition, however, is often used when I am cooking tasty (and healthy) meals for friends and flatmates. If you run into me outside of the University (and/or kitchen), I will likely be near a badminton court, swimming pool, the local hiking trails, or the fitness centre.

Education

Education

09,2019 -

Supervised by
Dr Vicky Chondrogianni and Dr Patrick Sturt

Working title:
The Development and Processing of Non-Canonical Word Orders in Mandarin-Speaking Children

09,2018 - 09,2019

Supervised by
Dr Vicky Chondrogianni

Dissertation title:
Comprehension and production of Mandarin passive in child heritage speakers, The role of morpho-syntactic cue

09,2014 - 09,2018

Supervised by
Prof Wei Wang

Dissertation title:
A study of Business English neologisms from a morphological perspective

About my research

Research Interests

Psycholinguistics

First language acquisition; Second language acquisition; Language impairment; Heritage language acquisition; Child bilingualism; Syntactic processing in language comprehension and production; Eye-movement during reading and listening (both children and adults).

Generative Syntax

Mandarin Syntax; Syntactic theory; Syntactic variation and change.

Experience

Working Experience

Undergraduate teaching, University of Edinburgh Tutor

Linguistics and English Language 1B (2019/20, 2021/22)
Cross-Linguistic Variation: Limits and Theories (2021/22)
Tutor of Child Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (2019/20)
Tutor in the PPLS Skill Centre (2019/20, 2021/22)

Postgraduate teaching, University of Edinburgh Tutor

Tutor in the PPLS Skill Centre (2019/20, 2021/22)

Natural Language Processing Engineer, Lionbridge 2020-

Working as a linguistic developer to assess linguistic errors and write rules to correct them

More About My Research

The two child populations my research centres on

Children with Developmental Language Disorder

Developmental Language Disorder (DLD; sometimes referred to as Specific Language Impairment or SLI in the research literature) affects approximately 7% of the child population. Children with DLD have an impairment of language comprehension, language production, or both in the absence of hearing impairment, the absence of a general developmental delay (i.e., a normal performance IQ), the absence of any neurological impairment (e.g., perinatal bleeds, seizure disorders), and no diagnosis of autism. Our understanding of DLD is still in progress. However, if you are ever concerned with a child's language development, please do consider reaching out to a specialist. For more information about DLD, click on this link.

Child Heritage Speakers

Narrowly defined, heritage speakers are individuals who were raised in homes where a language other than the dominant community language was spoken, resulting in some degree of bilingualism in the home language (also referred to as the heritage language) and the societal dominant language. Child heritage speakers are early bilinguals who acquire their heritage language from birth and the societal dominant language at the same time or later through education. Child heritage speakers have been found to have difficulties acquiring their heritage language, although with drastic individual variability.

Research Outputs

Recent Work

Peer-reviewed Articles

Jiuzhou Hao and Vasiliki Chondrogianni (2021). The development of Mandarin non-canonical word orders in Mandarin-English Child Heritage Speakers. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism

Jiuzhou Hao, Vasiliki Chondrogianni and Patrick Sturt (In prep). Non-canonical word orders in Mandarin-speaking children with and without Developmental Language Disorders. Journal of Memory and Language

Jiuzhou Hao, Vasiliki Chondrogianni and Patrick Sturt (In prep). Linguistic and non-linguistic factors in child heritage speakers' production: A priming study. tbc

Jiuzhou Hao, Vasiliki Chondrogianni and Patrick Sturt (In prep). The online and offline comprehension of non-canonical word orders in Mandarin-English Child Heritage Speakers. tbc

Invited Talks

Jiuzhou Hao (2020). Mandarin non-canonical word orders in child heritage speakers: The role of cross-linguistic influence. Heritage Language Lab, University of Alberta.

Jiuzhou Hao and Vasiliki Chondrogianni (2020). The development and processing of Mandarin non-canonical word orders in child heritage speakers. Bilingualism Research Group, University of Edinburgh.

Conference Talks

Jiuzhou Hao and Vasiliki Chondrogianni (2020). The development of Mandarin non-canonical word orders in child heritage speakers. Boston University Conference on Language Acquisition. Boston.

Jiuzhou Hao and Vasiliki Chondrogianni (2020). Processing non-canonical word order in Mandarin-English child heritage speakers. LEL PG Conference. Edinburgh.

Jiuzhou Hao (2019). A new syntactic analysis of Mandarin Passives. 7th Manchester Forum in Linguistics (mFiL). Manchester

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