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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies


L2 Mandarin Chinese research is part of a flagship project Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies (MEITS) which is founded by the AHRC under the Open World Research Initiative to transform the health of the discipline of Modern Languages in the UK, attitudes towards multilingualism, and language policy at home and abroad.

MEITS is an exciting multidisciplinary project, which includes six research strands exploring multilingualism from a range of perspectives. Our L2 Mandarin research in Strand 5 examines the potential roles of age, typological differences and linguistic experience in the acquisition of Mandarin Chinese sentence final particles, definiteness and specificity by English- and Cantonese-speaking learners. The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Peking University are our international partners who investigate L2 Chinese from the perspectives of corpus linguistics, language processing and phonetics, etc.   

Acquisition of Chinese: Bilingualism and Multilingualism

Conference in Cambridge, July 2019

Abstracts are being invited for presentations at a conference on Acquisition of Chinese: Bilingualism and Multilingualism, which will take place on 1-3 July 2019 at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, the United Kingdom. The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers in the fields of bilingual and multilingual research to discuss issues in L2, L3 or Ln acquisition of Chinese by children, adults and/or heritage speakers. We particularly welcome abstracts on theoretical and empirical approaches to these themes.

Further details on the MEITS conference web-page

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