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Chinese sentence-final particles and their behaviour in L2 and heritage Chinese grammars

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, 24th February, 2017 in Room 7 at the Faculty
    Chinese sentence-final particles and their behaviour in L2 and heritage Chinese grammars
    Shanshan Yan


Sentence-final particles occur at the end of sentences in Chinese. These particles carry various features (e.g. semantic, syntactic and discourse features) to behave functionally in sentences. In this presentation, features attached to eight sentence-final particles will be analysed from a cross-linguistic perspective to exemplify their differences and similarities in Chinese and English. An empirical study including both on-line and off-line methods was conducted to investigate theoretical hypotheses from the linguistic comparisons. Results from the study concerning these particles will be shown in the current presentation as well. The findings will be discussed and concluded from both a linguistic and second/heritage language acquisition perspective.


For further information, contact:

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