18 May CHILL lecture by Wang Man “Experimental approach to language production of Mandarin”

CHILL!

Chinese Linguistics in Leiden

 

 

Last Lecture of the 2016 Spring Series!

 

All welcome!

 

18 May 2016

 

15:15-16:30, De Vrieshof 1/001

 

 

WANG Man (Leiden)

 

“Experimental approach to language production of Mandarin”

 

Most psycholinguistic models of speech production agree on an earlier semantic processing stage and a later word-form encoding stage. These models are mainly based on evidence from West Germanic languages, where orthographic and phonological forms are less differentiated. However, languages using logographic scripts (e.g. Mandarin) show a highly arbitrary grapheme-to-phoneme correspondence. This phenomenon raises the issue to what extent current psycholinguistic models are capable of accounting for cross-linguistic differences. In this talk, I will discuss the time course of Mandarin production and the generalizability of current language production models.

 

 

More to come in the Fall of 2016!

 

CHILL! cancellation talk planned for 4 May

The Chinese Linguistics talk planned for Wednesday 4 May has been cancelled.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

20 April CHILL lecture by WU Juan

CHILL!

Chinese Linguistics in Leiden

 

All lectures Wednesdays 15:15-16:30, De Vrieshof 1/001

 

 

20 April 2016

WU Juan (Leiden)

“Contact-Induced Grammatical Creations: Through the Lens of Chinese Buddhist Translations”

 

The translation of Indian Buddhist texts into Chinese (between 2nd-11th Century CE) is one of the most spectacular cross-cultural enterprises in human civilization. It not only imported Buddhist ideologies into China, but also brought about the first large-scale language contact in Chinese history, which resulted in new lexical items, semantic elements and syntactic forms. These contact-induced innovations provide a window into how ancient translators mediated between different linguistic and cultural systems. This paper presents some representative examples of syntactic patterns found in Chinese Buddhist texts, discussing in particular those which left lasting marks on the development of the Chinese language as well as those which only survived briefly. Finally, through correlating these creations with similar linguistic phenomena found in other religious translations and in other language-contact settings, the paper will argue the importance of Chinese Buddhist translations within the broader context of language-contact studies in general.

 

Forthcoming:

4 May 2016: HU Han (Leiden)

“A Sociolinguistic Study on Rhoticity in Beijing Mandarin”

 

18 May 2016: WANG Man (Leiden)

“Experimental approach to language production of Mandarin”.

 

 

all welcome!

 

CHILL! Talk 6 April Zou Ting: Processing of lexical tones by Dutch learners of Mandarin

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Chinese Linguistics in Leiden
 
Upcoming talks:
 
6 April 2016, 15:15-16:30, De Vrieshof 1/1
 
ZOU Ting (Leiden)
“Processing of lexical tones by Dutch learners of Mandarin”
 
This study investigates how beginner and advanced Dutch learners of Mandarin process tonal information. Looking at tonal discrimination and segment tone integration, our investigations show a developmental path in tone learning. The beginner learners cannot process tonal contrast adequately at the phonological level, and they process segmental and tonal information separately, like native Dutch listeners without Mandarin experience. The advanced learners show a good phonological discrimination of tonal contrasts. They show a more native-like pattern in distributing their attention between segmental and tonal information, and they process the two dimensions in an integrated manner, similar to native Mandarin listeners. This suggests that the acquisition of new tonal categories in L2 involves a redistribution of attention along acoustic dimensions and the development of segment-tone integration.
 
 
The rest of the Spring Program (all on Wednesdays 15:15-16:30, De Vrieshof 1/1, Leiden)
20 April 2016: Wu Juan (Leiden): “Contact-Induced Grammatical Creations: Through the Lens of Chinese Buddhist Translations”
4 May 2016: Hu Han (Leiden): “A Sociolinguistic Study on Rhoticity in Beijing Mandarin”
18 May 2016: Wang Man (Leiden): “Experimental approach to language production of Mandarin”

22 March: Film screening: The Road from Hainan

22 March: The Road from Hainan

Can one woman put up a successful fight against sexual abuse? How do Chinese local authorities react to unconventional methods of protest? ‘The Road from Hainan’ portrays activist Ye Haiyan as she tries to seek justice for six abused elementary school girls.

 

Time
15:00 – 17:15 hrs

Venue
Lipsius
Room 11
Leiden

 

LeidenAsiaCentre in cooperation with Movies That Matter present a film screening of ‘The Road from Hainan’, followed by a discussion with with Wang Nanfu, the director of the film & Teng Biao, human rights lawyer.

Programme

15:00 Opening and Introduction by Anne Sytske Keijser, Lecturer in modern Chinese, Chinese literature and film, Department of Chinese Studies, Leiden University.

15:15 Viewing of the movie.

16:35 Discussion with Wang Nanfu and Teng Biao, human rights lawyer, moderated by Maghiel van Crevel, Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, Leiden University.

17:15 End of meeting.

 

CHILL! talk 23 March Lin Jing (UvA): “Non-referentiality in child Mandarin”

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Chinese Linguistics in Leiden

 

Upcoming talks:

 

23 March 2016 (15:15-16:30, De Vrieshof 1/1, Leiden)

Lin Jing (UvA): “Non-referentiality in child Mandarin”

 

Abstract: When we say John saw a girl yesterday we know that there must be a girl in the world that John saw yesterday. The DP a girl here is referential. In sentences like John probably saw a girl yesterday, the same DP does not need to have a referential import: this sentence is also true if there is no girl in the world that John saw yesterday. Clearly, generic DPs (at least in English) can be referential, and they may also be non-referential (except for the unicorn, which is non-referential). But there are existentials that are referentially deficient, which means that they must be used in contexts in which they are not forced to refer, such as in the scope of probably. One example here is shénme ‘a/some’ in Mandarin. In this talk, I present results collected from 91 monolingual Mandarin children in an elicited imitation task in which they were examined on their knowledge of the non-referential existential shénme ‘a/some’. I will show how Mandarin children acquire the referential deficiency of shénme without explicitly knowing that shénme wánjù ‘a toy’, for instance, can only be non-referential–unlike its bare counterpart wánjù ‘a toy’.

 

The rest of the Spring Program (all on Wednesdays 15:15-16:30, De Vrieshof 1/1, Leiden)

6 April 2016: Zou Ting (Leiden): “Processing of lexical tones by Dutch learners of Mandarin”

20 April 2016: Wu Juan (Leiden): “Contact-Induced Grammatical Creations: Through the Lens of Chinese Buddhist Translations”

4 May 2016: Hu Han (Leiden): “A Sociolinguistic Study on Rhoticity in Beijing Mandarin”

18 May 2016: Wang Man (Leiden): “Experimental approach to language production of Mandarin”

 

9 March Guqin performance by Ms. Lyu Jiaoyue

Ms. Lyu Jiaoyue, an accomplished  guqin performer from New York, will visit Leiden on Wednesday 9 March 2016. The Confucius Institute of Leiden University will organize a get-together event for her in which she will give an introduction of the instrument guqin and give a performance.

Time: 13:00-15:00 p.m.

Venue: Lipsius Building room 308

 

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CHILL! Lectures on 2 and 10 March

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Chinese Linguistics in Leiden

Upcoming talks: on 2 and 10 March

 

Wednesday 2 March 2016, 15:15-16:30, De Vrieshof 1/001:

Yang Yang (Leiden):

On the syntax-prosody interface of wh-indeterminates in Mandarin”

 

Thursday 10 March 2016, 15:15-16:30, Van Eyckhof 2/003:

Wei-tien Dylan Tsai (Tsing Hua University, Hsin-chu, Taiwan):

“Operator binding and the syntax of analyticity”

 

Abstracts:

Yang Yang (Wednesday 2 March):

In Mandarin wh-words can have an interrogative and a non-interrogative interpretation. They are “wh-indeterminates” which lack inherent quantificational force. Aside from licensers such as negative polarity licensers, wh-existential readings can also be licensed by the presence of dianr “a little bit” among others. The goal of this study is, first, to find out whether wh-questions and wh-existentials differ prosodically before the wh-word, and, secondly, to see what implications we can get for the syntax-prosody interface. In this talk, I will report on a production experiment and discuss the results.

 

Tsai Wei-tien (Thursday 10 March):

In this talk, we entertain the possibility that peripheral features play a crucial role in the formation of the upper layer of a sentence, which can be checked by either external Merge or internal Merge (i.e., Move) according to the parameter-settings of individual languages. Along this line, topic prominence is regarded as the result of peripheral feature checking, and the null topic hypothesis à la Huang (1984) is reinvented as a null operator merger to fulfill interface economy in the left periphery. In this regard, Chinese provides substantial evidence from obligatory topicalization in outer affectives, evaluatives, and refutory wh-constructions, which applies only when the licensing from a D(efiniteness)-operator is blocked. As we will see, the idea extends naturally to the issues concerning pro-drop and bare nominals in general.

 

The rest of the Spring Program (all on Wednesdays 15:15-16:30, De Vrieshof 1/1, Leiden)

23 March 2016: Lin Jing (UvA): “Non-referentiality in child Mandarin”

6 April 2016: Zou Ting (Leiden): “Processing of lexical tones by Dutch learners of Mandarin”

20 April 2016: Wu Juan (Leiden): “Contact-Induced Grammatical Creations: Through the Lens of Chinese Buddhist Translations”

4 May 2016: Hu Han (Leiden): “A Sociolinguistic Study on Rhoticity in Beijing Mandarin”

18 May 2016: Wang Man (Leiden): “Experimental approach to language production of Mandarin Chinese”

 

 

save the date: 20 April lecture by Bruce Jacobs at Leiden Uni

Bruce Jacobs (Monash University, Australia), “Reconsidering and Re-Framing Taiwan and its History: Aborigines, Colonial Rulers and Democratization”.

Date and time 20 April 2016 15.15-1.00

Location: Lipsius 308

Announcing CHILL: Chinese Linguistics in Leiden

 

CHILL!

Chinese Linguistics in Leiden

 

Programme for Spring 2016

 

All lectures Wednesdays 15:15-16:30, De Vrieshof 1/1, unless indicated otherwise

All lectures in English, unless indicated otherwise

 

10 February 2016 (in Chinese)

沈    阳(南京大学/北京大学):

命题否定和反向赋值

——试析 “才” 字句和 “就” 字句的意义对立和意义反转现象

 

提 要:本文主要讨论“才”字句和“就”字句的“意义对立”和“意义反转”现象。本文认为,“才、就”句表示的“早—晚、多—少、大—小”等广义数量意义,并不是副词“才、就”各自的意义,不是“才”字句或“就”字句各自的意义,也不仅是主观认知或百科知识赋予词语和句子的意义。本文假设,包含“数量”变项的“才、就”句是对应性命题,副词“才、就”都引出对其中一侧命题的否定,即“单侧命题否定”,只是对相应的否定项做相反的两极赋值,即“交叉反向赋值”。这些因素决定“才”字句和“就”字句表达哪种意义。本项研究表明,内部命题否定和外部参照赋值的相互作用是一种有别于“预设、蕴含”的特殊语法和语用机制。

 

 

Other dates and speakers in this series:

2 March 2016: YANG Yang (Leiden)

10 March 2016 [Thursday!!]: Wei-tien Dylan Tsai (Tsing Hua University, Hsin-chu, Taiwan)

23 March 2016: LIN Jing (UvA)

6 April: ZOU Ting (Leiden)

20 April 2016: WU Juan (Leiden)

4 May 2016: HU Han (Leiden)

18 May 2016: t.b.a.

 

More information to follow soon!