I am currently a research fellow at Speech and Hearing Science Research Institute in Children’s Hearing Foundation ( I received my PhD in Linguistics from University of Kansas (KU). My main research investigates first language acquisition by preschool-age children, In particular, I study how children acquire the “meaning” (semantics/pragmatics) and the potential factors that might interact with language acquisition by utilizing linguistic comprehension tasks (e.g., Judgment task and Act-out task) and cognitive tasks (e.g., tasks assessing Theory of Mind and Executive Function). I am also interested in cross-linguistic comparison between different language-acquiring children. Currently, I am focusing on English-acquiring and Mandarin-acquiring children.