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Chinese sentence final particles and their behaviour in L2 Chinese

Research Students' Seminars on Second Language Chinese

Chinese sentence final particles and their behaviour in L2 Chinese

The fifth seminar of 2014-2015 will take place on Friday, 21st November, in Room L1 (basement) at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The speaker will be Shanshan Yan (FAMES) who will present her PhD project on Chinese sentence final particles and their behaviour in L2 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

Chinese sentence final particles have long been discussed in linguistic research. However, how they are represented in L2 learners' interlanguage(s) deserves more attention. In this seminar, I will report my ongoing PhD project which concerns this particular phenomenon through the lens of English-speaking learners' acquisition situations. To be specific, general properties of Chinese sentence final particles will be presented, together with features of six individual ones. Some crosslinguistic comparisons between Chinese and English will also be introduced. The research design and some preliminary results from 11 Chinese native speakers will be reported as well. The seminar will conclude with identified problems in the research design and discussion of future investigation directions.


For further information, contact:

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