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Linguistics staff win new British Academy grant

A word cloud showing relative frequency of words in the Lancaster Corpus of Mandarin Chinese

Date: 8 July 2013

The British Academy has announced this year's awards under its International Partnership and Mobility Scheme (IPM 2013).

Lancaster has been successful in its joint bid with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS) in China, with Dr Richard Xiao as the PI and Prof Hai Xu from GDUFS as the Co-I. Dr Luke Harding and Prof Charles Alderson are on the Lancaster team.

The project is entitled "The corpus-based approach to the acquisition of Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language". It will start in September and last for three years, with the aim of developing a one-million-word balanced corpus of spoken and written Chinese interlanguage, and on the basis of this corpus, exploring various theoretical and practical issues pertaining to the acquisition of Chinese as a foreign language.

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Associated staff: J. Charles Alderson (Linguistics and English Language), Luke Harding (Linguistics and English Language), Richard Xiao

Associated departments and research centres: Linguistics and English Language, University Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Language (UCREL)

Keywords: Chinese, Corpus linguistics, Language teaching research, Second language acquisition