Welcome to the Language and Computation Lab!
The Language and Computation Lab is located in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, at the National University of Singapore. Research at the LCL is devoted to studying the organization of language in human memory. We use a range of methodologies, including experimental psycholinguistics, analysis of corpora and archival data, and computational modeling, to investigate how people understand, produce, and learn words.
We like to think of the words that we know as being organized in a language network in our memory. Just like how you are embedded in a social network of familiy, friends, and acquaintances, words reside in a memory representation whose connectivity structure reflects the phonological, orthographic, and semantic relationships that words can have with other words. To help us uncover the structural properties of language networks, we draw on ideas, techniques, and models from modern Network Science - an interdisciplinary field that studies complex networks of all sorts (the Internet, social systems, ecological networks, and many more).
Thanks for stopping by and we hope that you’ll enjoy learning about our research. Recent updates from the lab are provided below, a full list of publications can be found here, and if you are interested to learn more about our Singapore English (aka Singlish) research, have a look here.
- August 2022: The LCL’s research on Singlish word
associations has been featured in Channel
News Asia and The
- June 2022: New publications in Scientific
Reports and Memory and Cognition!
- Cynthia collaborated with Dr. Nala Lee to apply network analysis to language endangerment data. This paper is published in Scientific Reports.
- Cynthia collaborated with Dr. Ying
Li on a project investigating how the semantic histories
of words affect (and is affected by) people’s language
processing. Click here
to read the preprint!
- Cynthia will present a talk at the James Cook University Brown Bag Series on the 29th of April 2022. Details and the Zoom link can be found here.
- April 2022: New publications in Journal of
Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, &
Cognition, Big Data and Cognitive Computing,
and Memory & Cognition!
- Our paper on the humor of word pairs is published in JEP:LMC. Click here to read the preprint!
- Our paper about conceptual representations of domain-specific knowledge among university and high school students is published in M&C. Click here to read the preprint and here to listen a podcast about this work!
- Our paper about gender stereotypes in word co-occurrence
networks of movie plots is published in BDCC. Click here to
read the article!
- March 2022: New publication - Commentary in the Journal of Learning Analytics about how Cognitive Network Science can be useful for the field of Learning Analytics. Click here to read the article.
- November 2021: Cynthia received the Promising Researcher Award from NUS FASS! Check out her interview here.