Publications

Journal articles (published and manuscripts)

  1. Mai, Z., Matthews, S. & Yip, V. (in prep). Acquisition of Chinese as a heritage language and the Child Heritage Chinese Corpus.
  2. Zhou, J, Mai, Z, and Yip, V. (under review) Object realization in Cantonese-English bilingual children: An experimental study.
  3. Mai, Z. & Yip, V. (under review) Trilingual first language acquisition and the Leo Corpus.
  4. Mai, Z., Zhao, L. X. & Yip, V. (under review). Development and sustainability of Mandarin ba and passive constructions in school-age heritage children.
  5. Deng, X., Mai, Z. & Yip, V. (2018). An aspectual account of ba and bei constructions in child Mandarin. First Language. 38(3) pp. 243-262. https://doi.org/10.1177/0142723717743363
  6. Mai, Z. & Deng, X. (published online December 4, 2017). Selective vulnerability and dominant language transfer in the acquisition of the Chinese cleft construction by heritage speakers. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism. https://doi.org/10.1075/lab.16040.mai
  7. Mai, Z., Kwan, C. & Yip, V. (published online December 1, 2016). Expressing displacement in heritage Cantonese: cross-linguistic influence and structural vulnerability. International Journal of Bilingualism. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367006916681084
  8. Mai, Z. & Yuan, B. (2016). Uneven reassembly of tense, telicity and discourse features in L2 acquisition of the Chinese shì…de cleft construction by adult English speakers. Second Language Research. 32(2) pp. 247–276.
  9. Mai, Z. (2016). L2 Chinese: Grammatical development and processing. Second Language Research. 32 (1) pp.123-141.
  10. 麥子茵 (2010). 語言學、教育學、心理學研究方法在漢語習得研究中的綜合應用:以漢語方位詞的習得研究為例,《漢語教學學刊》,第六輯,74-86頁,北京:北京大學出版社 (Mai, Ziyin (2010) Applying a synthesised method to second language research: Investigating the acquisition of Chinese locative postpositions by English Speakers, Journal of Chinese Teaching, Vol. 6, pp. 74-86, Beijing: Peking University Press).

Book chapters and conference proceedings

  1. Yip, V., Mai, Z. and Matthews, S. (2018). CHILDES for bilingualism. In Miller, D., Bayram, F., Rothman, J. and Serratrice, L. (eds.) Bilingual Cognition and Language: The State of the Science across its Subfields [Studies in Bilingualism 54], John Benjamins, pp. 183–202. http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/sibil.54.09yip
  2. Mai, Z. (2013) Development of multiple interface conditions in adult L2 acquisition of Chinese shì…de cleft construction, Proceedings of the 12th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 12), MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project, pp. 106-116.
  3. 麥子茵 (2011). 終結性與“(是)……的”焦點結構,《語言學論叢》,第四十四輯,120-140頁,北京:商務印書館 (Mai, Ziyin (2011) Telicity and the (shi)…de focus construction, Essays on Linguistics, Vol. 44, pp. 120-140, Beijing: Commercial Press).

Refereed conference papers

  1. Mai, Z., Wu, Y., Wong, K. H. Y., Law, T. Y., & Yip, V. (2018) Preserving the zoeng-construction in heritage Cantonese: Evidence from the Winston corpus. Paper presented at the 4th Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-4), UBC, 23-24 June.
  2. Mai, Z., Zhao, L. X. & Yip, V. (2018) Complex verbal predicates in school-age Mandarin heritage bilingual children. Paper presented at the Third International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages, UCLA, 16-17 Feb.
  3. Zhu, Y., Mai, Z. & Yip, V. (2018) Documenting a heritage Mandarin child’s language development: the Luna corpus. Paper presented at the Third International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages, UCLA, 16-17 Feb.
  4. Zhou, J. Y., Mai, Z. & Yip, V. (2018) Documenting the bilingual development of Mandarin and English in US children: the Avia corpus. Paper presented at the Third International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages, UCLA, 16-17 Feb.
  5. Lau, E. Mai, Z. & Yip, V. (2017) Syntactic optionality delays acquisition: late acquisition of passives in Mandarin vs. early acquisition in Cantonese. Paper presented at the 41st Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD), Boston University, 3-5 November, 2017.
  6. He, C., Mai, Z. & Yip, V. (2017) Mandarin lexical tone in monolingual, bilingual and trilingual children at 2 years. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech, Chania, Crete, Greece, 4-7 September.
  7. Ge, H., Mai, Z. & Yip, V. (2017) How Cantonese-English bilingual adults use prosody to interpret focus in English: Evidence from eye movement in the visual world paradigm. Paper presented at the 11th International Conference on Cognitive Science. Taipei, 1-3 September.
  8. Zhou, J., Mai, Z., & Yip, V. (2017). Cantonese-English bilingual children’s interpretation of omitted objects: An experimental study. Paper presented at the 11th International Conference on Cognitive Science. GIS NTU Convention Centre, Taipei, Taiwan, 1-3 September.
  9. Zhou, J., Mai, Z., & Yip, V. (2017). Object realization in Cantonese-English bilingual children. Paper presented at the 14th International Congress for the Study of Child Language. University Lyon 2, France, 17-21 July.
  10. Ge, H., Kang, X., Mai, Z., Lam, H., Matthews, S. & Yip, V. (2017) Association of prosodic focal information with only in L1 and L2: Evidence from eye movement in the visual world paradigm. Paper presented at the Experimental Psycholinguistics Conference 2017, Menorca, 28-30 June.
  11. Ge, H., Kang, X., Mai, Z. & Yip, V. (2017) How Cantonese-speaking adults use prosody to interpret focus in L2 English: Evidence from eye movement in the visual world paradigm. Poster presented at the 11th International Symposium on Bilingualism, University of Limerick, Ireland, 11-15 June.
  12. Zhou, J., Mai, Z., & Yip, V. (2017). The interpretation of null objects by Cantonese-English bilingual children: An experimental study. Paper presented at the 11th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB11). University of Limerick, Ireland, 11-15 June.
  13. Lee, L.-C., Kang, X. & Mai, Z. (2016) Processing Cantonese classifiers by Mandarin speakers: an eye-tracking study. Paper presented at the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong Annual Research Forum 2016. December 3. Hong Kong Education University. Hong Kong.
  14. Zhou, J., Mai, Z., & Yip, V. (2016) A corpus study of post-verbal keoi in Cantonese-English bilingual children. Paper presented at the 28th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL28). 5-8 May, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA.
  15. Mai, Z. and Yip, V. (2015) Causative ba-construction in heritage, second language and native Chinese grammars. Paper presented at the 12th conference of Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA 12), September 10-12, University of Nantes, Nantes, France.
  16. Zhou, J., Mai, Z., & Yip, V. (2015) Object omission in Cantonese-English bilingual Children. Paper presented at the 10th International Symposium of Bilingualism (ISB10), May 20-24, Rutgers University, New Jersey, U.S.
  17. Zhou, J., Mai, Z., & Yip, V. (2015) Null Objects in Cantonese-English Bilingual Children. Paper presented at the 23rd annual conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL), 26-28 August, Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea.
  18. Zhong, J. & Mai, Z. (2014) Acquisition of Cantonese perfective aspect marker zo2 by adult L2 Mandarin-speaking learners. Paper presented at the Linguistic Society of Hong Kong (LSHK) Annual Research Forum (ARF), December 6, 2014, City University of Hong Kong.
  19. Kwan, J. C.-Y., Mai, Z., Matthews, S. & Yip, V. (2014) The grammar of Displacement in Cantonese heritage speakers. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages, March 7th, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  20. Mai, Z. & Yip, V. (2014) Perfective –de in adult heritage Mandarin Chinese. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages, March 7, 2014, UCLA, Los Angeles, California.
  21. Mai, Z. (2013) Shì…de clefts in its V-O-de form: Native speakers’ judgements and interpretations. Paper presented at the 21st Annual Conference of the International Association of Chinese Linguistics (IACL 21), June 9, 2013, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei.
  22. Mai, Z. (2013) Let’s not focus on the ‘result’: development of multiple interface conditions in adult L2 acquisition of Chinese shi…de focus construction. Paper presented at the 12th Conference of Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition (GASLA 12), April 27, 2013, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
  23. Mai, Z. (2010) Telicity and the (shi)…de focus construction. Paper presented at the 16th Symposium on Modern Chinese Grammar, June 9, 2010, City University of Hong Kong.

Invited Talks

  1. Mai, Z. (2016) Interpretation of Focus and Presupposition by native and non-native speakers of Mandarin. Workshop on issues of L2 Mandarin. December 16, Peking University
  2. Mai, Z. (2016) Acquisition of Chinese by heritage and second language speakers: grammatical representation and development. Linguistics Seminar, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages. December 6, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  3. Mai, Z. (2015) Chinese as a heritage and second language: some differences and similarities. International Symposium on Psycholinguistics of Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism, December 18-19, Shenzhen Research Institute, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Theses

  1. Mai, Z. (2012) Properties of the (shi)…de focus construction in adult L2 acquisition and heritage language acquisition of Mandarin Chinese, Ph.D. dissertation, University of Cambridge.
  2. Mai, Z. (2008) The influence of L1 spatial relationship categories on adult English-speaking learners’ acquisition of L2 Chinese locative postpositions, MPhil dissertation, University of Cambridge.
  3. 麥子茵 (2007) 介詞“在”的隱現研究,北京大學碩士學位論文.