I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of French at the University of Toronto. I am also an Adjunct Fellow with the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development at Western Sydney University and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University.
I conduct research in the areas of syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, with a particular focus on linguistic meaning. I use psycholinguistic and experimental methods to investigate the nature of linguistic meaning and how it is acquired by young children, as well as the interaction of grammar with other modalities including gesture and music. My research has appeared in journals such as PNAS, Cognition, the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, and the Journal of Child Language.
I completed my PhD in Linguistics at the University of Connecticut in 2013, followed by postdoctoral fellowships in the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (LINGUAE group) at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Centre for Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders at Macquarie University. From 2017-2021, I was a Senior Research Fellow in Education & Work: Access, Equity and Pathways at Western Sydney University in the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation).
I am currently Co-Editor-in-Chief at Glossa: a journal of general linguistics (from May 2023), having served as Associate Editor since 2020.
Email: lyn.tieu ( at ) utoronto.ca