Dr Areta Helen Charters
BA (Auckland), MA (ANU), PhD (Auckland)
- Undergraduate Adviser Linguistics
Fifth generation kiwi on my Mother's side, my Father came to NZ from Liverpool at the age of 12. I was raised a Westie (in Sunnyvale) and still am, just (in Sandringham). I speak, eavesdrop, read and 'type' Mandarin, and have a Border Collie/Labrador Cross named 'Pan', who knows at least 5 different synonyms for 'walk'.
Processing of agreement; Mandarin syntax; discourse and pragmatics; second language acquisition; lexical functional grammar; Samoan syntax.
Research | Current
Areas of research interest
- Chinese syntax
- Generative grammars
- Nominal structures
- Processability Theory
The natural Acquisition order for Mandarin SLA.
Teaching | Current
LINGUIST 100 Introduction to Linguistics
LINGUIST 200 Syntax
LINGUIST 313 Lexical Functional Grammar
LINGUIST 709 Linguistic Research
LINGUIST 721 Formal Syntax
LINGUIST 741 Grammaticalisation
Teaching interests: Mandarin Syntax and semantics; Second Language Acquisition; Language Policy; Semantics; Discourse structure and pragmatics (none of which I actually teach).
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Charters, A. H., & Muagututi’a G (2015). Processing Alignments: Semantic, Thematic and Structural Prominence in Samoan SLA. In K. Baten, A. Buyl, K. Lochtman, M. Van Herreweghe (Eds.) Theoretical and Methodological Developments in Processability Theory (pp. 19-44). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. 10.1075/palart.4.02cha
- Charters, H. (2013). SLA of Mandarin nominal syntax: Emergence order in the early stages. In I. Kecskes (Ed.) Research in Chinese as a second language (pp. 257-280). Berlin, Germany: Mouton de Gruyter. Related URL.