Mandarin learners’ (L2) comprehension of zero anaphora in Mandarin phone conversations

Benjamin Bailey
  • Chinese as a Second Language Research, January 2015, De Gruyter
  • DOI: 10.1515/caslar-2015-0011

What is it about?

In English, we often use 'he', 'she', or 'it' to refer to a person or thing that has already been mentioned before in the conversation. In Mandarin (Chinese), these words are often not necessary if they can be inferred from context.

Why is it important?

This is important to understand because it shows a difference between languages that is not a matter of vocabulary or grammar but a matter of discourse, longer stretches of talk.

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