Yanyin Zhang

List of John Benjamins publications for which Yanyin Zhang plays a role.

Book series


Studies on the impact of learning context in second language (L2) acquisition seldom look at ab-initio learners and their learning journey from the very beginning. Consequently, it is difficult to know for certain whether the findings of study-abroad vs. at-home research are applicable to this… read more | Article
In this chapter, I explore the connection between language processing and discourse-pragmatic factors in the L2 acquisition of three (Mandarin) Chinese Object topicalisation structures. Processability Theory (Pienemann, 1998, 2005) and Information Structure Theory (Lambrecht, 1994) are employed to… read more | Chapter
当今众多语言教学法的主要目标是对学习者的语言能力培训。因此,衡量教学的成功与否大都通过语言技能来体现,尤其是语言交流能力。这一趋势不但反映在课堂教学上,而且也反映在语言教学研究、教师培训、教程和教材上。 Kinoshita & Zhang 于 2014 年提出重新审视高等教育中语言教学的目的。她们认为,高等教育中的语言课应被视为一种“人文教育” (liberal arts education) ,目的是智能开发和超语言的知识传授。也就是说,高等教育中的语言课的重点之一应该是提高学习者的普遍认知水平,培养其思辨能力,使其对目的语国家和当今世界不但“知其然”、而且“知其所以然”。… read more | Article
Zhang, Yanyin and Bo Liu 2016 The ‘tense’ issue: Variable past tense marking by advanced end-state Chinese speakers of L2 EnglishDeveloping, Modelling and Assessing Second Languages, Keßler, Jörg-U., Anke Lenzing and Mathias Liebner (eds.), pp. 101–120
Chinese learners of L2 English tend to show variable past tense -ed marking even at an advanced proficiency level. The source of this problem has been explored and debated extensively but no conclusion has been reached (see Beck 1997; Lardiere 1998a/b; Hawkins & Liszka 2003). In this study we… read more | Article
Zhang, Yanyin 2015 Chapter 3. The emergence of sentence Topic in a Topicprominent language: A descriptive study of L2 ChineseTheoretical and Methodological Developments in Processability Theory, Baten, Kristof, Aafke Buyl, Katja Lochtman and Mieke Van Herreweghe (eds.), pp. 45–70
The present study investigates the L2 developmental course of the sentence Topic in a Topic-prominent language – Mandarin Chinese. It examines the structural, the semantic and the discourse-pragmatic aspects of the Topic development, thereby focusing on the word order, the semantic feature of… read more | Article
Zhang, Yanyin and Ima Widyastuti 2010 Acquisition of L2 English morphology: A Family case studySociocognitive Approaches to Second Language Pedagogy, Dyson, Bronwen Patricia (ed.), pp. 29.1–29.17
This study investigates the status of morphology in the L2 English of three members of a family from Indonesia (parents and their 5-year-old daughter) who have lived, studied or worked in Australia for a year. The investigation is contextualized against various learning settings in which the… read more | Article