Research Students' Seminars on Second Language Chinese
Second Language Acquisition of Chinese and Thai Nominal Phrases
The first seminar of 2014-2015 will take place on Friday, 24th October, in Room 7 (ground floor) at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The speaker will be Woramon Prawatmuang (FAMES) who will present her PhD project on Second Language Acquisition of Chinese and Thai Nominal Phrases (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!
In this seminar, I will present the progress of my PhD research project, Second Language Acquisition of Chinese and Thai Nominal Phrases. It will begin with a summary of linguistic phenomena that are foci of my study, namely the word order, the use of classifiers in non-counting contexts and plural markers in Chinese and Thai. Behaviour of the two languages will be contrasted and accounted for under a featural approach. With the goal to find out how the relevant features are acquired by second language learners, a quasi-experimental study with Thai learners of Chinese and Chinese learners of Thai will be conducted, using sentence production and self-paced reading methods. A pilot study of the experiment was conducted with a small group of Thai learners of Chinese in May 2014. Its design and some preliminary results will be introduced and discussed in the seminar.
For further information, contact:
Woramon Nan Prawatmuang
PhD Student, Chinese Studies
Department of East Asian Studies