Presenter: Tongkun Liu
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.