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L2 Acquisition of Applicative Constructions in Mandarin Chinese

Research Students' Seminars on Second Language Chinese

L2 Acquisition of Applicative Constructions in Mandarin Chinese

The fourth seminar of 2014-2015 will take place on Friday, 14th November, in Room 7 (ground floor) at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The speaker will be Yuhsin Huang (FAMES) who will present her PhD project on L2 Acquisition of Applicative Constructions in Mandarin Chinese (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

In this seminar, I will present the experiment design, preliminary results and insights/restrictions of the pilot study for my ongoing PhD project, which aims to look into how English-, Spanish-, and Koreans-speaking learners acquire applicative constructions in Mandarin Chinese. It is reported that all four languages choose different types of applicative heads when introducing non-core arguments, while Spanish shares more similarities in the choice with Chinese than the other two languages do. On this basis, I'd like to examine the effect of L1 transfer including the role of inflectional morphology and lexical scope of syntactic generalizations. Comprehension test and production test are employed in the current study in the hope of tapping both explicit and implicit knowledge of L2ers. The pilot study was conducted among 10 native speakers of Taiwanese Mandarin and the results correspond to the analysis of Chinese applicative construction, thus validating the design of test sentences in the experiment.


For further information, contact:

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