FAH Guest Lecture: Processing L2 collocations – directionality and frequency matter by Prof. Xiaopeng ZHANG, North Minzu University, China

E21-3118, Humanities and Social Sciences Building

Event Information

Event NameFAH Guest Lecture: Processing L2 collocations – directionality and frequency matter by Prof. Xiaopeng ZHANG, North Minzu University, China
CategoriesSeminar / Lecture
OrganizerFaculty of Arts and Humanities
SpeakerProf. Xiaopeng ZHANG, North Minzu University, China
Date16 January 2019
Time10:00 - 11:30
VenueE21-3118, Humanities and Social Sciences Building
ContentCompared with native speakers (NSs), adult L2 learners are slower in collocational processing due to great variability where priming occurs for some items instead of a whole battery of items. This talk reports on an investigation into how frequency and directionality brings about the variability in collocational processing. Both L2 learners and English NSs finished two lexical decision tasks with three types of constructions: right-predicative collocations, left-predicative collocations, and control phrases. Results showed that variability in both the NSs’ and advanced L2 learners’ processing of English collocations could be attributable to directionality and phrasal frequency. However, the intermediate L2 learners’ collocational processing manifested no clear patterns. In addition, the priming effects in NSs could be predicted by MI scores and collocational frequency, while those in advanced L2 learners could only be predicted by collocational frequency. In short, L2 knowledge developed gradually, in keeping with increasing exposure to English.
Target AudienceAll are welcome
LanguageEnglish

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