Sinologists in Bydgoszcz

Dr. I-Chun CHEN

Dr. I-Chun CHEN

Dr. I-Chun CHEN obtained her doctoral degree in literature at Kanazawa University in Japan in 2015. She is an Assistant Professor at National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She is currently responsible for teaching Chinese to foreign students at the same university. Her area and interest in research are in semantics, Chinese dialects and grammar, dialect geography and Teaching Chinese as a Second language. Her current research project is Chinese for Specific Purpose (CSP) and textbook designing for learning Chinese. Her Chinese textbook for Food and Beverage has been published in October 2019.

怡君博士所探討的議題為漢語的賓語前置現象。典型的SOV賓語前置句型,通常可以被還原成原本的SVO語序。然而,有些賓語前置句,是沒有原形句可以還原的。這些句子通常帶有動向補語或動詞重複的特性。在對母語非中文的學生之現場教學中,學生學習這些語序特殊的賓語前置句,他們遇到的困難可反映這些句子在漢語句法上特殊之處。陳博士本次的研究,即結合教學現場中的經驗,試圖說明漢語賓語前置句型的特色。

Topic: Object Fronting in Mandarin Chinese: An Observation on Students Learning Chinese as a Second Language

The typical object fronting sentence with word order of SOV in Mandarin Chinese usually can be restored from a sentence with word order of SVO, as in 小明不喝葡萄酒 ‘Xiao-ming does not drink wine’ and 葡萄酒小明不喝 ‘Wine, Xiao-ming does not drink it’. Those sentences usually involve the issue of focus and topic. However, Dr. Chen has found that some sentences with SOV word order have no original sentences. It is still obligatory to put the object to the front of the verb, as in 我珍珠奶茶喝來喝去,覺得還是台灣的好喝 ‘After trying bubble milk tea around many places, I think that in Taiwan is the best’ and 這杯珍珠奶茶喝起來很好喝 ‘This bubble milk tea tastes good’. The verbs of these sentences are mostly characterized by a phase complement or a verb-copying.

For learners who have just learned the basic Chinese word order SVO, when they encounter such a sentence with the word order arranged as (S)OV, there are often learning obstacles. Dr. Chen’s talk tries to compare Mandarin with Taiwanese Southern Min, expounds the characteristics of the complements in the sentences of Chinese-language objects, and discuss the common features of these sentences from the problems encountered by her students.