Aoju Chen

 Aoju Chen

aoju chen

Aoju Chen's research areas include prosody, information structure, language acquisition and language processing. Her recent research focuses on prosodic development in pre-schoolers and school-age children and individual differences in the development. She has led a research group funded by a VIDI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Her research group have investigated how children learn to use prosody to encode focus across languages. Aoju Chen uses both off-line and on-line tasks to investigate individual differences in this aspect of prosodic development and determine possible explanations for the observed differences from a longitudinal perspective. Furthermore, she studies processing of pitch in the brain in infants and adults using MMN and FFR, and processing of the interface between prosody and information structure in adults and children using eye tracking. She also conducts research on acquisition of prosody in a second language. In addition, she is interested in research on the relationship between language development and other aspects of child development, such as morality and sports. 

Aoju Chen is currently an associate professor in English linguistics at Utrecht University, a principle investigator in Utrecht University's strategic theme 'Dynamics of Youth', and a principle investigator in Utrecht Graduate School of Life Sciences – Master Program in Neuroscience & Cognition. 




Work presented at Neurobiology of Language 2016 in London

‘Automatic detection of morpho-syntactic violation in Dutch? a Mismatch Negativity (MMN) study’ by Cas Coopmans, Marijn Struiksma, Peter Coopmans, and Aoju Chen 

Associate editor for Laboratory Phonology

Aoju Chen has been appointed as associate editor for the journal Laboratory Phonology, the official journal of the Association for Laboratory Phonology. It publishes reports on scientific study of all phonological/phonetic aspects of spoken and signed language across domains of linguistics and related disciplines, e.g. psychology, computer science, and communication science. 


Successful PhD thesis defense

Anna Sara Romøren succesfully defended her PhD thesis titled 'Hunting highs and lows: The acquisition of prosodic focus marking in Swedish and Dutch at Utrecht University on 1 July, 2016.