Prof. Yiya Chen
Senior Staff Member

Yiya graduated in 2003 from Stony Brook University with a PhD in linguistics, specializing in Phonetics and Phonology. Before moving to Leiden, she had worked as Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and Radboud University Nijmegen. Prior to her PhD, I had studied at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BA), Stony Brook University (MA), and had taught at various universities. 


Yiya is interested in prosody and prosodic variation and how our understanding of their nature may shed light on more general linguistic and psycho-linguistic theories of speech representation and processing. Her research has been funded by a starting Grant from the ERC, to investigate pitch variation in Chinese dialects, and by taking Vernieuwingsimplus projects (VENI and VIDI) of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) to investigate how prosody is employed by speakers to convey communicative intentions.


Yiya will be advising the SPRINT team on the preparation and design of eye-tracking and neurophysiological experiments.


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SPRINT is the acronym of grant ERC-ADG-835263 titled "Speech Prosody in Interaction: The form and function of intonation in human communication". SPRINT is a 5-year (2019-2024) €2,481,196 research program funded by the European Research Council (ERC). Amalia Arvaniti is the Principal Investigator. SPRINT is based at Radboud University.


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