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Aspect Markers in Chinese and Their Behaviours in L2 Chinese Grammars

Research Students' Seminars on Second Language Chinese

Aspect Markers in Chinese and Their Behaviours in L2 Chinese Grammars

The second seminar of 2014-2015 will take place on Friday, 31st October, 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 Behaviours in L2 Chinese Grammars (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 aims of these seminars are to provide research students with a platform to discuss recent development in the field, to present their work and to receive feedback from teaching staffs and fellow students. The seminars are supervised by Dr Boping Yuan

All are welcome!

Abstract

This presentation will show the design and some preliminary results of the experiment of my ongoing PhD project on four aspect markers in Chinese and their behaviours in L2 Chinese Grammars. My PhD project conducts an empirical study in the framework of the Feature Reassembly Hypothesis, discusses the key semantic features of the four aspect markers le, guo, zhe, and zai and their interactions with different situation types, compares the aspectual systems of Chinese and English, in terms of viewpoint aspect and their corresponding morphological markers. To reveal how English-speaking learners of Chinese establish L1-L2 mapping and how they alter the feature set of Chinese aspect markers in subsequent development, an Acceptability Judgement task, an Interpretation task, a Sentence Production task and an Elicited Imitation task are involved in my preliminary test.


For further information, contact:

Woramon Nan Prawatmuang
PhD Student, Chinese Studies
Department of East Asian Studies