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Second Language Acquisition of Chinese Elliptical Constructions (part II)

Research Students' Seminars on Second Language Chinese

Second Language Acquisition of Chinese Elliptical Constructions (part II)

The sixth seminar of 2014-2015 will take place on Friday, 28th November, in Room 7 (ground floor) at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The speaker will be Lulu Zhang (FAMES) who will present her PhD project on Second Language Acquisition of Chinese Elliptical Constructions (part II) (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 of my ongoing PhD project, results and some preliminary summaries of a pilot study. My PhD research aims to examine the effect of L1 transfer in English and Korean speakers’ explicit and implicit knowledge of elliptical constructions. Three types of elliptical structures — Verb-Phrase ellipsis, object-ellipsis and sluicing (also known as TP-ellipsis) — are included in the current study. An oral elicited imitation test was designed to tap learners’ implicit knowledge and an untimed acceptability judgement test was chosen to test learners’ explicit knowledge. A pilot study was conducted among 16 participants and results show that the scope of ellipsis and the L1 effect are both factors influencing L2 acquisition of elliptical constructions.


For further information, contact:

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