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Chinese Null and Covert Arguments and Their Behaviours in L2 Chinese Grammars

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, 9th February, 2018 in Room 7 at 3pm (ends at 5pm)
    Chinese Null and Covert Arguments and Their Behaviours in L2 Chinese Grammars
    Xu, Lilong

    Chinese is a pro-drop language which allows not only null subjects but also null objects in matrix sentences, embedded sentences and subordinate clauses. But in some cases, the seemingly absence of subjects and objects in Chinese are the result of ellipsis. This empirical study aims to look at covert arguments caused by ellipsis in L2 Chinese by adult L1 English speakers, and also tries to investigate the null arguments and their interpretations in L2 Chinese by adult L1 English speakers. To reach these goals, the study consists of an Information Seeking Task, a Cross-modal Priming Task, a Picture Judgement Task, an Acceptance Judgement Task and a Self-paced Reading Task. The design of these tasks will be presented in the seminar.


For further information, contact:

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