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Aspect markers in Chinese and their acquisition by second language learners

Research Students' Seminars on Second Language Chinese

Aspect markers in Chinese and their acquisition by second language learners

The first seminar of 2013-14 Lent Term will take place on Friday 7th Feb, in Room 7 (ground floor) at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The speaker will be Yanyu Guo (FAMES), who will present her PhD project on Aspect markers in Chinese and their acquisition by second language learners (see abstract below). The seminar starts at 4pm and ends at 6pm.

The Research Students' Seminars on Chinese as a Second Language are held by the L2 Chinese research group of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The aim of these seminars is to provide research students with a platform to discuss recent development in the field, to present their research work and to receive feedback from teaching staff and fellow students. The seminars are supervised by Dr Boping Yuan.

All are welcome!

Abstract

My Ph.D. research focuses on comparing aspectual systems between Chinese and English and on exploring aspect marking in English-speaking learners' second language (L2) Chinese grammar, in order to show relevant cross-linguistic differences and the L1 influence during the Chinese learning process.

In this presentation, I will first briefly introduce some important previous research in theoretical linguistics about Chinese aspectual system, including the semantics and the structural position of four main aspect markers ("le"了, "zhe" 着, "guo" 过 and "zai" 在), as well as their selections of verb category.

Since this study is intended to fill a gap in this research field, in the second part, I will list my research questions that are still not fully explored by previous researchers. The research questions are related to four main problems: predicate adjectives and aspect markers; aspect in the relative clause; negation and aspectual selection; and aspect marker omission.


For further information, contact:

Lulu Zhang
PhD Student, Chinese Studies
Department of East Asian Studies