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Our new paper from the RC series is finally published online! This has been such a fun collaboration with my two great buddies from CogSc (Alan) and UH (Nozomi), and a new twist of my type of research - meta-analysis! 


Tanaka, Nozomi, Elaine Lau, & Alan Lee. (2024). On the universality of the subject preference in the acquisition of relative clauses across languages. First Language, OnlineFirst.

We did a meta-analysis and pulled all studies on child comprehension of relative clauses to see whether there is a universal subject preference across languages. This work has took us a long time and lots of efforts, but the hard work pays off.
Hope y
ou find it interesting and useful. :) 


Head, Research Office  
Assistant Professor (Linguistics) 

Yew Chung College of Early Childhood Education

Adjunct Professor 
Department of Linguistics

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Honorary Assistant Professor 
Department of Linguistics

University of Hong Kong


PhD in Linguistics
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Second Language Studies
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


MPhil in Linguistics
University of Hong Kong 

Bachelor of Cognitive Science
University of Hong Kong  

Research interests


Language Acquisition (L1, L2, multilingual, heritage language) 
Language Processing (comprehension vs. production)
Chinese (including Cantonese, and Mandarin Chinese) 


[YCCECE] elaine.lau at yccece dot edu dot hk
[CUHK]     elaine at cuhk dot edu dot hk
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