I'm Jack Ying, a PhD student in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland - College Park, advised by Jeffrey Lidz and Alexander Williams. 

Broadly, I'm interested in the acquisition of syntax and semantics. My current topics of interest include the acquisition of transitivity with sentences involving displaced NPs (including wh- questions, relatives, and topicalizations) and bootstrapping mechanisms for word learning. Previously, I have worked on probing infants' parsing of sentences with medial functional morphemes.


My amazing cohort members at UMD are Clara Cuonzo, Eun-Kyoung Lee, Imane Bou-Saboun, Leslie Li, Luisa Seguin, and Xinchi Yu. 

Meeting thriving trees in Nature.
Longshui Gorge, Chongqing, 2019.

I was born in Huangyan (黄岩, literally "yellow stone"), a coastal city in southeast China, and I grew up speaking both Mandarin Chinese and Huangyan Dialect (a variety of Tai-chow Wu Dialect in Zhejiang province). Huangyan Dialect ([uɔŋ ŋɛ ua]) is phonologically rather different from Mandarin Chinese, so to me, it has always been a fascinating question how learning a dialect might affect children's language development and cognitive abilities.  

Outside of research, I’m passionate about anything that is rhythmic, including music, movies, and poetry. For this very reason, I have always been inspired to experiment with new languages and cultures.

On a summer volunteering program.
Colombo beach, Sri Lanka, 2015.


Department of Linguistics
University of Maryland
3416 Aquarium, Marie Mount Hall
College Park, MD 20742

Email me at jackying.yyf (at) yahoo.com