SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Pragmatics in Contact: Taiwan Mandarin utterance-final particles

CTS-IMG-20180301-Chin-hui Lin
Speaker: Chin-hui Lin

Date: 28 February 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 28 February 2018Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 116

Type of Event: Talk


Most of the previous studies on language contact in Taiwan focus on phonology, lexicon, or syntax. The contact phenomena in pragmatics has received less attention. This study will discuss the effect of language contact on three Taiwan Mandarin utterance-particles based on the comparison on their core functions among various Sinitic varieties, and of the socio-historical background of the formation of Taiwan Mandarin. I propose that except for Southern Mǐn, which is regarded the most influential source language in the formation of the Taiwan Mandarin, other Sinitic varieties also played a notable role in the formation of the Taiwan Mandarin UFP system.

Speaker Bio

Chin-hui LIN (born in Taipei, Taiwan) holds a BA degree (1999) in Chinese literature fromNational Tsinghua University, and an MA degree (2003) in teaching Chinese as a foreign language from National Taiwan Normal University. In 2014, she received a Ph.D. degree in Chinese linguistics from Leiden University (Leiden University Centre for Linguistics). She was a lecturer in Mandarin at the Department of Chinese Studies of Leiden University from 2001 to 2012 and worked as the main coordinator of Chinese language program at Leiden University from 2009. From 2013 to 2015, she was a lecturer in Mandarin at the Department of East Asian Studies at Göttingen University. She works at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin since December 2015.

Key Publications:
(2014) Utterance-final particles in Taiwan Mandarin: Contact, context and core functions.
Utrecht: LOT.
(2015) [with Maghiel van Crevel]. Paint Feet on a Snake: An Intermediate Mandarin Reader.
Leiden: Leiden University Press.

Organiser: Centre of Taiwan Studies

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