Research Profile

Yanyu Guo

Biography

Dr Yanyu Guo is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Chinese Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and Director of the MA -Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages programme (MA-TCSOL) at University College Cork. She works on second and third language acquisition, language processing, syntax-semantics interface, formal linguistics, Chinese linguistics and Chinese language teaching. She serves as a board member on the Committee on Linguistics Theory and Language Education Research of the International Society for Chinese Language Teaching.

Dr Guo was trained in theoretical linguistics at Renmin University of China (B.A.) and Peking University (M.A.). She obtained her doctorate in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Cambridge, supported by a Trinity College external studentship. Her dissertation investigated the L2 acquisition of Chinese aspect markers by English native speakers. She then held a post-doctoral fellowship at Cambridge (2016-2020), working on an AHRC funded research project -“Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies” (MEITS). Her post-doc MEITS project examined the potential roles of age, typological differences, and linguistic experience in the acquisition of Mandarin Chinese sentence-final particles by English- and Cantonese-speaking learners. Before Dr Guo joined the Department of Asian Studies at UCC, she taught linguistics and Chinese language courses at Tsinghua University and the University of Cambridge.

Dr Guo is happy to supervise students who wish to work in generative approaches to second/third language acquisition and Chinese linguistics.

Research Interests

  • Bilingualism and multilingualism
  • Empirical studies of second/third language acquisition
  • Chinese linguistics
  • Formal linguistics

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2021)'Asymmetric transfer and development of temporal-aspectual sentence-final particles in English-Cantonese bilinguals’ L3 Mandarin grammars'
Yanyu Guo & Boping Yuan (2021) 'Asymmetric transfer and development of temporal-aspectual sentence-final particles in English-Cantonese bilinguals’ L3 Mandarin grammars'. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism,   [DOI] [Details]
(2021)'Facilitative Transfer Only? L3 Acquisition of Mandarin Sentence-Final Particle Clusters by English-Cantonese Bilinguals'
Yanyu Guo & Boping Yuan (2021) 'Facilitative Transfer Only? L3 Acquisition of Mandarin Sentence-Final Particle Clusters by English-Cantonese Bilinguals'. Journal of Second Language Studies, 3 (2):262-291   [DOI] [Details]
(2020)'From a simple to a complex aspectual system: Feature reassembly in L2 acquisition of Chinese imperfective markers by English speakers'
Yanyu Guo (2020) 'From a simple to a complex aspectual system: Feature reassembly in L2 acquisition of Chinese imperfective markers by English speakers'. Second Language Research, [DOI] [Details]
(2019)'Transfer at L3 initial stages: comparing Mandarin temporal-aspectual sentence final particles in L2 and L3 grammars'
Yanyu Guo & Boping Yuan (2019) 'Transfer at L3 initial stages: comparing Mandarin temporal-aspectual sentence final particles in L2 and L3 grammars'. International Journal of Chinese Language Education,   [Details]

Edited Conference Proceedings

 YearPublication
(2020)Acquisition of Chinese: Bilingualism and Multilingualism.
Boping Yuan & Yanyu Guo (2020) Acquisition of Chinese: Bilingualism and Multilingualism. Edited Conference Proceedings   [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2017)'Syntactic and semantic features of the Mandarin aspect marker -zhe and its equivalent markers in the Guiyang dialect'
Yanyu Guo (2017) 'Syntactic and semantic features of the Mandarin aspect marker -zhe and its equivalent markers in the Guiyang dialect' In: Proceedings of the Linguistics Association of Beijing. Beijing: Chinese Book Company. [Details]
(2016)'Imperatives'
Yanyu Guo & Yang Shen (2016) 'Imperatives' In: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Netherland: Brill Academic Publisher.   [Details]
(2012)'The Period, the Comma, the Question Mark and the Exclamation Mark'
Yanyu Guo (2012) 'The Period, the Comma, the Question Mark and the Exclamation Mark' In: Interpretations of the Guide to Chinese Punctuation. Beijing, China: Yuwen Press. [Details]

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction to the Chinese Language System
  • Syntax of Chinese
  • Introduction to Second Language Acquisition

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