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Book Title: Explorations into Chinese as a Second Language

Editors: Kecskes, Istvan (Ed.)

Series Title: Educational Linguistics

Series Volume: 31

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-54027-6

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-54027-6

Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-54026-9

About this book:
This volume explores how linguistic research can support the teaching and learning of Chinese as a second language. It responds to a rapidly growing interest in the Chinese language all over the world, and answers the need for a strong research background for the discipline. Without that, Chinese language learning remains only a unique experience and/or a useful education challenge.

The first section explores crucial issues about the structure and use of Chinese as a Second Language such as word-order, noun-noun compounds, meaning-making in writing, pronunciation and stress and tone. The second section explores the learning of Chinese by seeking answer to questions about difficulties, expectations, beliefs, use of corpus and learning how to express necessity.


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The book co-edited by Istvan Kecskes (SUNY) and Chaofen Sun (Standford) is to be published by Routledge in mid-2017.


Title: Key Issues in Chinese as a Second Language Research

Editors: Istvan Kecskes (SUNY) and Chaofen Sun (Stanford)

Table of Contents

Part I. SLA Theories as Related to Chinese

Chapter 1 The Theoretical Landscape of Second Language Acquisition

                ZhaoHong Han (Columbia University, USA)

Part II. Chinese Phonology

Chapter 2 De-stress in Mandarin: Clitics, Cliticoids and Phonetic Chunks        

                Hana Třísková (Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague)

Chapter 3 The Effects of Tonal Markedness in Second Language Chinese Tones

                Hang Zhang (George Washington University, USA)

Chapter 4 From Phonological Studies to Teaching Mandarin Tone: Some Perspectives on the Revision of the Tonal


                Carlotta Sparvoli (University College Cork, Ireland)


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