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Interfaces in the Chinese Ba Construction and Their Representations in English-Speaking Learners' 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, 3rd March, 2018 in Room 7 at 3pm (ends at 5pm)
    Interfaces in the Chinese Ba Construction and Their Representations in English-Speaking Learners' L2 Chinese Grammars 
    Liu, Tongkun

    There are multiple semantic and/or pragmatic constraints on the elements of a well formed ba construction in Mandarin Chinese, e.g. the main verb in the ba construction should be of semantic [manipulate, resultative] properties and the retained object in the ba construction should be semantically possible, pragmatically necessary and forming a ‘part-whole’ relationship with the post-ba NP. Whether or not English-speaking learners of L2 Chinese are sensitive to these interface constraints in sentence processing and whether they can ultimately build these interfaces in there L2 Chinese grammars are of great interest in the current research project. In this seminar, I would like to report the results and findings from the main experiment of the research, which consisted of a self-paced reading task, an on-line judgement task and an acceptability judgement task.


For further information, contact:

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