Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies
Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR
|2011||Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics. University of California, Berkeley.|
|Dissertation: The effects of phonological neighborhoods on pronunciation variation in conversational speech. Committee: Keith Johnson (co-chair), Susanne Gahl (co-chair), Sharon Inkelas, Nelson Morgan.|
|2006||Master of Arts in Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley.|
|2004||Bachelor of Engineering (with first honor) in Information Technology, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.|
|Publications (Journal articles | Book chapters | Conf. Proc. | Other Conf. Talks | Other )|
Yao, Y., Chan, A., Fung, R., Wu, W. L., Leung, N., Lee, S., & Luo, J. (in press). Cantonese tone production in pre-school Urdu-Cantonese bilingual minority children. International Journal of Bilingualism. [pdf]
Wang, S., Huang, C.-R., Yao Y., & Chan, A. (2019). The effect of morphological structure on semantic transparency ratings. Language and Linguistics, 20(2).
Yao, Y. (2018) NP weight effects in word order variation in Mandarin Chinese. Lingua Sinica, 4(5). [pdf]
Shi, D., Zhou, M., & Yao, Y. (2017). 评价副词与背景命题 ——“偏偏”的语义与句法特性，《外语教学与研究》 [Foreign Language Teaching and Research], 49(6), 889-901.
Chang, Y.-h. S., Yao, Y., & Huang, B. H. (2017). Effects of linguistic experience on the perception of high-variability non-native tones. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141(2), EL120-EL126. doi: 10.1121/1.4976037
Yao, Y., & Chang, C.B. (2016). On the cognitive basis of contact-induced sound change: Vowel merger reversal in Shanghainese. Language, 92(2), 433-467. [pdf | materials]
Chang, C. B., & Yao, Y. (2016). Toward an understanding of heritage prosody: Acoustic and perceptual properties of tone produced by heritage, native, and second language speakers of Mandarin. Heritage Language Journal, 13(2), 134-160. [pdf]
Lin, J., & Yao, Y. (2016). Encoding emotion in Chinese: a database of Chinese emotion words with information of emotion type, intensity, and valence. Lingua Sinica, 2(6). [pdf | materials]
Yao, Y., & Shi, D. (2015). 背景命题及其触发机制 —— 从“根本”说起 [Background proposition and its trigger: The case of genben in affirmative sentences]. 《外语教学与研究》 [Foreign Language Teaching and Research], 47(5), 709-720. [pdf]
Gahl, S., Yao, Y., & Johnson, K. (2012). Why reduce? Phonological neighborhood density and phonetic reduction in spontaneous speech. Journal of Memory and Language, 66(4), 789-806.
Chang, C.B., Yao, Y., Hayes, E., & Rhodes, R. (2011). Production of phonetic and phonological contrast by heritage speakers of Mandarin. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129(6), 3964–3980. [pdf]
Yao, Y., Tilsen, S., Sprouse, R.L., & Johnson, K. (2010). Automated measurement of vowel formants in the Buckeye Corpus. 言語研究 Gengo Kenkyu, 138, 99-113. [pdf]
Ke, J., & Yao, Y. (2008) Analyzing language development from a network approach. Journal of Quantitative Linguistics, 15 (1), 70-99.
Yao, Y., & Su, Q. (in press). Chinese, food and menu. In C.-R. Huang, Z. Jing-Schmidt, and B. Meisterernst (Eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Applied Chinese Linguistics. Routledge.
Ng, C. L., Lin, J., & Yao, Y. Polarity of Chinese emotion words: The construction of a polarity database based on Singapore Chinese speakers. To appear in M. Dong, J. Lin and X. Tang (Eds.) Chinese Lexical Semantics (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 2016). Heidelberg: Springer.
Huang, C-R., & Yao, Y. (2015). Corpus Linguistics. In: James D. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 4, pp. 949–953. Oxford: Elsevier.Lin, J., & Yao, Y. (2014). Categorization and Intensity of Chinese Emotion. In X. Su and T. He (Eds.), Chinese Lexical Semantics (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 2014), pp. 181-190. Heidelberg: Springer.
Chen, Z. Q., Yao, Y., & Yu, A. C. L. (2018). Changing against tone merging trends in community? The case of C. Y. Leung. Proceedings of the 32nd Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computing (PACLIC32). Hong Kong, December 1 -3, 2018.
Yao, Y., & Yu, A.C.L. (2017). An online survey of phonetic variation in Hong Kong Cantonese. The 16th conference on Methods in Dialectology, Tokyo, JP, Aug 7-11, 2017.
Luo, J., & Yao, Y. (2017). Undoing the “lazy accent”: Gender, age and language attitude in reversing Hong Kong Cantonese tone merger via phonetic imitation. Poster at the 4th International Workshop on Sound Change (WSC4), Edinburgh, UK, Apr 19-22, 2017.
Yao, Y., Prevot, L, & Meunier, C. (2016). Chasing the frequency effect: Durational variation of function words in conversational French. The 16th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology, Symposium on the Role of Predictability in Shaping Human Language Systems. Sydney, Australia, Dec 7-10, 2016.
Yao, Y., & Shi, D. (2015). Understanding sentence implications triggered by genben and benlai. Oral presentation at the 23rd annual conference of International Association of Chinese Linguistics & the 1st International Symposium on Sino-Korean Linguistics (IACL23 & ISSKL-1), Seoul, Korea, Aug 26-28, 2015.
Yao, Y. & Meunier, C. (2014). Effects of phonological neighborhood density on phonetic variation: The curious case of French. Oral presentation at the 14th Laboratory Phonology Conference, Tokyo, July 25-27, 2014.
Yao, Y. (2014). Within-speaker variation in recent sound changes in Hong Kong Cantonese. Oral presentation at the 22nd annual conference of International Association of Chinese Linguistics & 26th annual North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (IACL-22 & NACCL-26), College Park, MD, May 2-4, 2014.
Lin, Jingxia & Yao, Y. (2014). An Online Survey on Emotion Category and Intensity of Chinese Emotion Words. Oral presentation at the 22nd annual conference of International Association of Chinese Linguistics & 26th annual North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (IACL-22 & NACCL-26), College Park, MD, May 2-4, 2014.
Yao, Y., Lin, J., & Huang, C.-R. (2013). Lexicalized emotion? - Tonal patterns of emotion words in Chinese. Oral presentaiton at the 25th annual conference of North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL-25), Ann Arbor, MI, June 21-23, 2013.
Yao, Y. (2012). Dividing after uniting? An investigation of an ongoing vowel split in Shanghainese. Oral presentation at the 20th Annual Conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL20), Hong Kong, August 29-31, 2012.
Yao, Y. & Chang, C. B. (2012). Reversal of a merger via cross-language influence: The case of Shanghainese and Mandarin. Poster presentation at the 13th Conference on Laboratory Phonology (LabPhon 13), Stuttgart, Germany, July 27-29, 2012.
Yao, Y. (2007). Closure duration and VOT of word-initial voiceless plosives in English in spontaneous connected speech. In UC Berkeley Phonology Lab Annual Report for 2007, pp.183-225. [pdf]