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The acquisition of Chinese sentence-final particles by English native speakers

Research Students' Seminars on Second Language Chinese

The acquisition of Chinese sentence-final particles by English native speakers

The fourth and last seminar of 2013-14 Lent Term will take place on Monday, 17th March, in Room 7 (ground floor) at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The speaker will be Shanshan Yan (FAMES), who will present her PhD project on The acquisition of Chinese sentence-final particles by English native speakers (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

Chinese has a variety of sentence-final particles, which play a great role in sentence building and discourse interaction and thus has long been a hot debated field in linguistic research. In this seminar, the syntactic characteristics, semantic meaning/contributions and pragmatic/discourse features of the main Chinese sentence-final particles will be briefly reviewed. At the same time, some cross-linguistic comparisons (mainly Chinese vs. English) will also be presented. With introductions of related L2 theories this seminar will be concluded with research questions that I will particularly look into.


For further information, contact:

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