My research and linguistic interests operate at the intersection of theoretical linguistics, computer science, and psychology. Broadly speaking, I investigate the factors that influence how humans process sentences by using experimental designs and computational modelling techniques.

Semantic ambiguity on wh-scope

I study the relationship between many different linguistic factors such as syntactic positions, morphological markers, and intonation with regard to wh-scope in Korean (Seoul Korean, Kyeongsang Korean), Mandarin, and Persian.

[Publication]

  • Lee, So Young and Jiwon Yun.Influence of Intonation, Morphology, and Syntax on the Semantic Scope of Wh-phrases in Kyeongsang Korean. Language and Information (Accepted)
  • Lee, So Young, Hongchen Wu, Lei Liu, Jiwon Yun. Prosody and wh-scope interpretation in Chinese. Proceedings of 29th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics. (In Press)
  • Lee, So Young and Jiwon Yun. 2017. Wh-scrambling and wh-scope in Korean, Proceedings of WAFL 13. (In Press)

[Presentation]

  • Jun 2018.   So Young Lee, Lei Liu, Hongchen Wu, Jiwon Yun. Syntax and Prosody Interface of Wh-scope in Mandarin. 9th Speech Prosody conference. Poznań, Poland.
  • May 2018.   So Young Lee, Hongchen Wu, Lei Liu, Jiwon Yun. The effect of the surface syntactic positions of wh-phrases on wh-scope. The 26th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics, University of Wisconsin Madison.
  • Mar 2018.   So Young Lee, Hongchen Wu, Lei Liu, Jiwon Yun. The difference between perception and production of prosodic information in Chinese wh-scope disambiguation. Penn Linguistics Conference 42, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Mar 2018.   So Young Lee, Hongchen Wu, Lei Liu, Jiwon Yun. Asymmetric prosodic effect on production and perception of Mandarin wh-scope. The 30th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, Ohio State University.
  • Nov 2017.   So Young Lee. Wh-island in wh-in-situ languages. (invited speaker) Brown Bag Talk in Syntax reading group. New York University.
  • Jun 2017.   So Young Lee & Jiwon Yun. What prevents wh-island effect in Korean. The 20th Meeting of the International Circle of Korean Linguistics. University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.
  • Jun 2017.   So Young Lee, Hongchen Wu, Lei Liu, Siyao Peng, Jiwon Yun. Prosodic disambiguation of wh-scope in Chinese. The 25th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics, the Research Institute for Linguistics (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) and Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Jun 2017.   So Young Lee, Hongchen Wu, Lei Liu, Siyao Peng, Yaobin Liu, Jiwon Yun. Prosody and wh-scope interpretation in Chinese. The 29th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics, Rutgers, the State University of New Jergey.
  • May 2017.   So Young Lee & Jiwon Yun. Wh-scrambling and wh-scope in Korean. The 13th Workshop on Altaic Formal Language, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan. 3
  • Mar 2017.   So Young Lee & Jiwon Yun. The surface syntactic position of wh-phrases on Wh-scope and the syntactic position of wh-phrases. 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Mar 2017.   So Young Lee & Jiwon Yun. Wh-scope and the Syntactic Position of Wh-phrases in Korean. Penn Linguistics Conference 41, University of Pennsylvania.
  • Feb 2016.   So Young Lee. Influence of Intonation, Sentence-final particles, and Surface Syntactic Position of the Wh-phrases on Wh-scope in Kyeongsang Korean. Presented at Brown Bag Talk. Stony Brook University.
  • Jan 2016.   So Young Lee & Jiwon Yun. Influence of Intonation, Morphology and Syntax on the Semantic Scope of Wh-phrases in Kyeongsang Korean. The 90th LSA Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Washington, DC.

Computational model for handling syntactic attachment ambiguity

[Publication]

  • Lee, So Young. A Minimalist Parsing Account of Attachment Ambiguity in English and Korean. Journal of Cognitive Science. (In Press)

[Presentation]

  • Oct 2017.   So Young Lee. A computational approach to the preference shown in the attachment ambiguity. The 25th Japanese/Korean Linguistics Conference, Workshop3: East Asian Psycholinguistics: Recent Developments. University of Hawaii, Manoa.
  • Oct 2017.   So Young Lee. A computational approach to the attachment ambiguity. Brown Bag Talk. Stony Brook University.

NPI licensing

[Publication]

  • Yun, Jiwon, So Young Lee and John Drury. 2017. Negative polarity illusion in Korean. Proceedings of WAFL 13. (In Press)

[Presentation]

  • Mar 2018.   So Young Lee, Aydogan Yanilmaz, Jiwon Yun, John Drury. The processing of Turkish and Korean NPI licensing and intrusion. 31th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, University of California, Davis.
  • Jun 2017.   So Young Lee & Hwichan Oh. NPIs in Korean ditransitives. The 20th Meeting of the International Circle of Korean Linguistics. University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.
  • May 2017.   Jiwon Yun, So Young Lee, John Drury. Negative Polarity Illusion. The 13th Workshop on Altaic Formal Language, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Mar 2017.   Jiwon Yun, So Young Lee, John Drury. Intrusion Effects on Korean NPI Licensing and the Influence of Prosody. 30th Annual CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.