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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

Micahelmas Term, 2017

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, 17th November, 2017 in Room 7 at 3pm (ends at 5pm)
    Chinese Null and Covert Arguments and Their Behaviours in L2 Chinese Grammars
    Lilong Xu

    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 investigates the acquisition of covert arguments caused by ellipsis in L2 Chinese by adult L1 English speakers and studies the null arguments and their interpretations in adult English-speaking learners’ L2 Chinese grammars. The study aims to explain the divergence between non-native speakers and native speakers within the framework of Interface Hypothesis.


For further information, contact:

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