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L3 Acquisition of Mandarin Sentence-Final Particles by English-Cantonese Bilinguals

Research Seminars on Chinese Linguistics & Chinese as a Second Language

汉语语言学与二语习得研讨会

Lent Term, 2018

LogoThe Research Seminars on Chinese Linguistics and Chinese as a Second Language ("L2 Chinese") are held by the Chinese Linguistics and L2 Chinese research group of the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. The aim of these seminars is to provide a platform for researchers to discuss recent developments in the field, to present their work and to receive feedback from fellow researchers. The seminars are supervised by Dr Boping Yuan.

All are welcome!

  • Friday, 26th January, 2018 in Room 7 at 3pm (ends at 5pm) 
    L3 Acquisition of Mandarin Sentence-Final Particles by English-Cantonese Bilinguals
    Guo, Yanyu

    This study of multilingualism investigates how English-Cantonese bilinguals acquire Sentence-Final Particles (SFPs) in their third language Mandarin, focusing on the roles of age, typological differences and learning experience in the course of language acquisition. In this seminar, I will present the findings and results of the pilot study conducted in Dec 2017. Ten Cantonese-English bilingual L3 learners of Mandarin, 6 intermediate English-speaking L2 learners of Mandarin, 3 advanced English-speaking L2 learners of Mandarin and 10 Mandarin native speakers participated in the experiment, which consisted of five different instruments (i.e. a cross-modal priming task, a sentence-picture matching task, a performance imitation task, a multiple-choice task and an acceptability judgement task).


For further information, contact:

Tongkun Liu (E-mail: )
PhD Student, Chinese Studies
Department of East Asian Studies