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posted itemPosted - 14/09/2009 :  10:00:58
City University of Hong Kong Dep

Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics

Research Seminars

Acquisition of Anaphoric Expressions by JFL learners

Presented by

Prof. Qian Jun

Peking University

Date: 2 October 2009 (Friday)
Time: 4:00 - 5:30pm
G7619 (Lift 3, 7/F, Green Zone), Academic Building, CityU


The term Constructional Meaning refers to the meaning of a particular syntactic construction. Both grammatical semantics (Wierzbicka 1988) and construction grammar (Goldberg 1995) maintains the existence of constructional meanings. This talk discusses constructional meaning with particular reference to the English internal dative. It aims to explore several issues as related to the topic, e.g. the identification of constructional meaning, the meaning difference between internal and external dative, semantic constraints, and grammatical acceptability.


Qian Jun has been teaching in Peking University for over 20 years and he is now Professor of English. He is the author a number of books on linguistics, the recent one being Yingyu ce de goucheng yu dapei [English Words: Structure and Collocation], published by the Commercial Press Beijing. He is also member of editorial boards of several important journals in China, including Linguistic Research, American-Chinese Society & Culture, etc.

In 2007-08, through the Fulbright Program Professor Qian has been appointed as Visiting Scholar at the Department of Linguistics, Yale University.

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