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L2 Acquisition of the Interfaces in the Chinese Ba Construction

Research Seminars on Chinese Linguistics & Chinese as a Second Language

Lent Term, 2017

LogoThe Research Seminars on Chinese Linguistics and Chinese as a Second Language ("L2 Chinese") 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 a platform for researchers to discuss recent developments in the field, to present their work and to receive feedback from fellow researchers. The seminars are supervised by Dr Boping Yuan.

All are welcome!

  • Friday, 3rd March, 2017 in Room 7 at the Faculty
    L2 Acquisition of the Interfaces in the Chinese Ba Construction 
    Tongkun Liu


This study inquires the acquisition of semantics-, discourse- and pragmatics-syntax interfaces in the Chinese ba construction by native speakers of English in the framework of the revised Interfaces Hypothesis. In this presentation, I shall briefly introduce the theoretical background of the ba construction and the research questions, then focus on the experimental design on testing the interface features of the ba construction: definite, telic, part-whole relationship, etc. in English speakers’ L2 Chinese grammars.


For further information, contact:

Ruyi Dai
PhD Student, Chinese Studies
Department of East Asian Studies