About

Associate Professor of Linguistics and the College
Department of Linguistics
University of Chicago

Email: aclyu AT uchicago DOT edu
Phone: 773 702-8522
Mail: 1010 E59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Office: Classics 309
CV (as of Oct 10, 2013)

Research Interests

I am a linguist currently working on questions related to language variation and change. I am particularly interested in tackling the so-called actuation problem: what causes the inception of language change, if the linguistic conditions favoring particular changes are always present? I approach this question from the point of view of individual differences, focusing particularly on how differences in cognitive processing styles (particularly traits related to the Broad Autism Phenotypes) lead to variability in perceptual and production norms across individuals and how such variability relates to socio-indexical factors. I also work on Cantonese and Washo, a Native American language spoken in California and Nevada. In my spare time, I also work on the morphology-phonology interface, my first love in linguistics.