Darcy Sperlich

Darcy Sperlich
National Central University | NCU · Department of English

PhD

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Introduction
Darcy Sperlich currently works at the Department of English, National Central University. Darcy does research in Syntax and Pragmatics, in the areas of Theoretical and Experimental Linguistics.
Additional affiliations
February 2017 - July 2021
National Central University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
August 2014 - February 2017
National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology (NKUST)
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
January 2009 - February 2013
University of Auckland
Field of study
  • Linguistics

Publications

Publications (19)
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Factivity is often taken advantage of in politeness, as ‘believe’ can be interpreted politely as ‘know’ given contextual considerations. Korean has the distinction of being a language that has a productive non-factive ‘know’ (found in Altaic languages), -uro al-, which does not embed a factive presupposition complement, that is nonetheless supporte...
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Implicit and explicit knowledge use in second language acquisition has been rigorously researched in areas such as syntax, however our understanding of how these knowledge constructs affect learner pragmatics is not well understood. Through an interlanguage pragmatic perspective we aim to understand how implicit and explicit knowledge intertwines w...
Book
This book presents a comprehensive picture of reflexive pronouns from both a theoretical and experimental perspective, using the well-researched languages of English, German, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. In order to understand the data from varying theoretical perspectives, the book considers selected syntactic and pragmatic analyses based...
Chapter
This final chapter concludes our explorations into our ERA model. Thus far, we have reviewed anaphoric data from English, Dutch, German, Chinese, Japanese and Korean which has informed the theoretical literature.
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This chapter is devoted to the data gathered by experimental means, in the areas of first language acquisition, second language acquisition, bilingualism, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics and clinical studies, in that order. The six languages discussed in the theoretical section form the focus of our exploration.
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There is a Buddhist story which begins with a Buddhist master and his disciple receiving a guest who talked on a certain topic and the master agreeing with what the guest had said.
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The theoretical approaches to reflexive pronouns have had a long tradition in the pragmatic, semantic and syntactic literature (including within other schools of thought, such as cognitive linguistics). Given the ERA model adopted here, the main focus is on pragmatic and syntactic approaches to anaphora. The theoretical model postulates that differ...
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This article introduces new Mandarin Chinese data on ziji ‘self’, namely it has been overlooked that ziji is able to take the collective suffix –men to form zijimen. This observation is gleaned from written material found in the mainstream Chinese news media, as well as among general Chinese websites. In evaluating this new reflexive data, there ar...
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As learners of a second language progress past the advanced stage, there are certain features that may continue to set near-native speakers apart from native speakers. This may be apparent in non-native like acquisition of the phonology (retaining L1 features), having a non-native like control of the grammar, or not having a full sociopragmatic und...
Poster
Reflexive pronouns are found in many different languages, and capturing their distribution is no easy task. There are many syntactic, semantic and pragmatic analyses of reflexive pronouns aiming for an unified analysis of all languages (e.g. Reuland 2011). The viewpoint adopted here is that a typology of anaphora can be captured according to langua...
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This chapter explores the pragmatics behind reflexive pronoun binding in Chinese, Korean and English. It is argued that Chinese ziji is captured pragmatically by the revised neo-Gricean pragmatic theory of anaphora. This theoretical paradigm shifts the viewpoint on ziji in the experimental literature as syntactic perspectives are dominant. The data...
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This article aims to understand the place of syntax and pragmatics in regard to Chinese ziji. While there has been continued theoretical debate on this topic, there is little experimental evidence to verify whether syntax or pragmatics plays the defining role in the regulation of ziji. This study achieves this by investigating the interpretation of...
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This paper investigates how the French second person pronouns, tu and vous, are acquired by Korean learners of French. This is specifically approached from an interlanguage pragmatics research viewpoint, focusing upon the status of the learners’ pragmalinguistic and sociopragmatic knowledge (whether they are explicit or implicit). It is hypothesize...
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This paper examines learners of Chinese from English and Korean linguistic backgrounds acquiring the Chinese reflexive ziji (‘self’). The data presented here focuses on how antecedent judgement data aligns with psycholinguistic measures. The theoretical perspective taken follows Huang (2000), who proposed that English reflexives are more syntactic...
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The theory of conversational implicature originates from Gricean pragmatics, involving concepts of the cooperative principle, maxims of conversation and their properties, to generalized and particularized implicatures, among others. The theory’s originator, Paul Grice, delivered his ideas at the William James lectures at Harvard University in 1967....
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There has been a continued interest in discovering how learners of another language acquire a target language’s anaphoric system. While our understanding of the issues has improved, the development of methodologies to assess the interpretation of anaphora in a learner’s interlanguage has not. This paper is concerned with introducing a methodology n...
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This paper examines learners of Chinese from English and Korean linguistic backgrounds acquiring the Chinese reflexive ziji (‘self’). The data presented here focuses on how antecedent judgement data aligns with psycholinguistic measures. The theoretical perspective taken follows Huang (2000), who proposed that English reflexives are more syntactic...
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This thesis is concerned with the distinction between syntactic and pragmatic modes of communication, along the lines proposed by Givón (1979). More specifically Huang (2000) suggested that such a line be drawn between languages depending on how they regulate their anaphora. To test this distinction in my research, I assess the predictions of synta...
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This is an experimental study of the frequency of formal passive and disposal marking in five Chinese dialects - Beijing Mandarin, Taipei Mandarin, Guangzhou Vue, Shanghai Wu and Taiwan Southern Min. Using oral stories and oral responses, we observe whether usage frequency is dialect-specific or is relatively uniform throughout. The results provide...