Assistant Professor, Department of French
Lyn Tieu is an assistant professor in the Department of French. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she was a Senior Research Fellow at Western Sydney University, where she continues to hold an adjunct fellowship with the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development.
Tieu completed her PhD in linguistics at the University of Connecticut in 2013, followed by postdoctoral fellowships in the Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France, and the Centre for Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, where she continues to hold an Honorary Senior Research Fellowship in the Department of Linguistics.
Tieu conducts research in the areas of syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, with a particular focus on linguistic meaning. She uses 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. Tieu’s research has appeared in journals such as PNAS, Cognition, the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology and the Journal of Child Language.
Since 2020, she has been an associate editor at Glossa: a journal of general linguistics.