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50th Anniversary Linguistics Colloquium | Function Word Restoration, April 1

The Linguistics Colloquium series presents Dr. Liang Tao discussing “Function Word Restoration” on Friday, April 1, from 12:55 to 1:50 p.m. via Microsoft TEAMS.

Contact Dr. David Bell, associate professor and chair of Linguistics at Ohio University.


Tao is professor of Linguistics and director of the Chinese language program in the Linguistics Department at OHIO.


Abstract: This study introduces two experiments to measure how frequent function words are processed during reading. The study tested native speakers and learners of Chinese and English in processing their native and foreign languages. The results reflect a word-restoration effect in reading one’s native language. The findings indicate that frequent function words, even when absent, are not disregarded by native speakers but rather are treated as necessary by them. They also indicate a developmental progression during reading. The study further supports the effect of usage frequency in language development.


About Linguistics’ 50th Anniversary Celebration


“We are really looking forward to everyone joining us again this spring, either live in person or via Microsoft TEAMS Fridays 12:55 to 1:50 p.m. to celebrate our anniversary,” said Dr. David Bell, chair of the Linguistics Department, who also invited alumni and friends to add their names to the donor wall by making a gift, of whatever amount, to the Linguistics Department’s general support fund.


He noted that all funds go to support our students’ registration and travel expenses to conferences where they will present their research.


“And please stay in touch! Send us a message on our Linguistics FB page at,” he added.

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