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The L3 Acquisition of Definiteness and Specificity in Mandarin Chinese 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, 23rd February, 2018 in Room 7 at 3pm (ends at 5pm)
    The L3 Acquisition of Definiteness and Specificity in Mandarin Chinese by English-Cantonese Bilinguals
    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.


For further information, contact:

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