General programme, activity sheet

Friday 8 September, 2017

Oral presentation

A cue-based approach to long-distance anaphor binding in L2 Chinese

Speaker: Cecile De Cat, University of Leeds

Authors: Mengling Xu, Cecile De Cat, Ekaterini Klepousniotou

Is the long-distance interpretation of anaphors acquirable in an L2 (Chinese), if ruled out by the L1 (English)? Chinese features three relevant semantic verb types, which influence the binding of the Chinese simple reflexive ‘ziji’ (-self): introverted/self-oriented verbs (henceforth VT1) only allows local binding; extroverted/other-oriented verbs (VT2) only allows long-distance binding; ambiguous/context-dependent verbs (VT3) allows both interpretations (local or long-distance), depending on the discourse context. Contextual information has been claimed to have no impact on native Chinese speakers’ interpretation of ‘ziji’ with VT1 and VT2, but have impacts on L2 speakers’ interpretation of reflexives. Therefore, based on a cue-based memory retrieval mechanism, we investigate both L1 and L2 sensitivity to two types of cues (i.e. context and verb type) that determine anaphor resolution of the Chinese simple reflexive ‘ziji’, which also aims to reveal L2 acquisition path on Chinese reflexive binding from a probabilistic approach to parameter resetting.

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08:30 - 11:30 / Workshop 2 - “Grammatical processing in second language speakers: agreement, polarity, anaphora and other grammatical illusions”

Other activities in 08:30 - 11:30 / Workshop 2 - “Grammatical processing in second language speakers: agreement, polarity, anaphora and other grammatical illusions”

Oral presentation

The processing of Negative Polarity Items in Turkish-German bilingual speakers

Speaker: Seckin Arslan, Universität Potsdam

Plenary Lecture

Illusions of grammaticality in non-native language processing

Speaker: Claudia Felser, University of Potsdam

Oral presentation

Online syntactic processing in native and non-native speakers of English: exploring quantitative and qualitative differences

Speaker: Carrie Ankerstein, Universität des Saarlandes


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