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The L3 Acquisition of Definiteness and Specificity in Mandarin Chinese by English-Cantonese Bilinguals

When Feb 23, 2018
from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Room 7
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Research Seminar on Chinese Linguistics & Chinese as a Second Language given by Xiang, Jingting

My project aims to find empirical evidence that will make a contribution to the literature on L3 acquisition. By investigating a less-studied combination of English, Cantonese and Mandarin, I examine the differential learnability of properties related to the encoding of definiteness and specificity in noun phrases. The participants of this study are carefully selected monolingual, bilingual, and trilingual speakers, which include but are not limited to: 1) L1 English-L2 Cantonese-L3 Mandarin speakers, 2) L1 Cantonese-L2 English-L3 Mandarin speakers, 3) L1 English-L2 Mandarin speakers, and 4) monolingual speakers of Mandarin. They are asked to complete both online and offline tasks on a number of linguistic properties. In this seminar, I will present some preliminary data of my pilot study and make predictions about the process of L3 development.


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