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


Speaker:

Prof. Xiaopeng ZHANG, North Minzu University, China

Date:

16 Jan 2019

Time:

10:00 - 11:30

Venue:

E21-3118

Description:

Compared 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.

Audience:

All are welcome

Language:

English

Enquiry:

Ms. Zhang
yb67710@um.edu.mo