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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.

The authors coming from eight different countries demonstrate how existing knowledge has been generated, bring together different lines of research, point out tendencies in the field, demonstrate and explain what tools and methods researchers can use to address major issues in the field, and give direction to what future research should focus on.

 

Table of Contents

Contributors to the Volume

Introduction

Explorations into the Structure and Use of Chinese as a Second Language

Chapter 1
Acquiring and Teaching Chinese Pronunciation
Hana Třísková (The Oriental Institute, Prague, Czech Republic)

Chapter 2
The Comparison of Hungarian and Chinese Phonological Systems: A Pedagogical Perspective
Qiuyue Ye (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)
Huba Bartos (Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences; Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)

Chapter 3
Analysis of Chinese as Second Language Learners’ Interpretations of Noun-Noun Compounds
Shuyi Yang (University of Iowa)

Chapter 4
Information Encoding, Mandarin Chinese Word Order and CSLA: A Cognitive-Functional Account
Anna Morbiato (Ca' Foscari University of Venice, University of Sydney)

Explorations into the Learning of Chinese as a Second Language

Chapter 5
Construing CSL Writing as Meaning-Making: A Genre-based Approach
Fei-Wen Cheng (National Chiayi University, Taiwan)

Chapter 6
Learners’ and Teachers’ Beliefs About Learning Tones and Pinyin
Juan Yang (University of Warwick, UK)
Jane Medwell (University of Nottingham, UK)

Chapter 7
Toward a Corpus of Chinese Classroom Teacher Language
Xia Cui (University of Melbourne)

Chapter 8
Difficulties and Expectations of First Level Chinese Second Language Learners
Gloria Gabbianelli & Agnese Formica (Università degli Studi di Urbino “Carlo Bo”)

Chapter 9
Expressing Necessity in Chinese: A Pilot Study
Shuyi Eagle (State University of New York, Albany)

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