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A multi-factorial perspective on the acquisition of Cantonese relative clauses
- Dr. Elaine Lau

Thu 21 Apr 2016, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Room 4.04, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus

A multi-factorial perspective on the acquisition of Cantonese relative clauses

Abstract
The peculiar relative clause construction in Cantonese makes it an interesting case for one of the major unsettled debates in the relative clause literature – whether there is a universal preference for subject relative clauses.

In this talk we will explore the acquisition of Cantonese relative clauses from a multi-factorial perspective. We will demonstrate that child acquisition of relative clauses is not only shaped by universal factors that underlie the accessibility to relativization, but also by general language-specific learning strategies.

Elaine Lau is a graduate of the Cognitive Science Programme at the University of Hong Kong, and recently obtained her doctorate in Linguistics at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.

Her primary research interests focus on the development of syntax and the cognitive mechanisms involved in language processing and acquisition. Besides first language processing, her research also extends to different linguistic communities, including second language learners and heritage speakers.

 

All are welcome.

 


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