Special Issue "The Acquisition of Chinese as a First and Second Language"

A special issue of Languages (ISSN 2226-471X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Xiaohong Wen

Chinese Studies Program, University of Houston, 3553 Cullen Blvd., Houston, TX 77204-3006, USA
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Interests: Chinese language acquisiton; language learning motivation; L2 Chinese pragmatic development; psycholinguistics; heritage speakers; research-based instruction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are inviting you to submit manuscripts for the special issue: The Acquisition of Chinese as a First and Second Language. This issue is intended to be a highly selective collection of empirical studies adopting quantitative and qualitative paradigms or survey studies on issues of learning Chinese as a first or a second language. It represents cutting-edge research which is theoretically motivated with empirical data and diverse research methods to yield findings that provide a broader understanding of the acquisition of Chinese. In addition, we envision that the studies in this special issue will provide insightful findings that further our understanding of the complexities of Chinese language learning. The deadline for submission is September 15, 2019.

The special issue, The Acquisition of Chinese as a First and Second Language, welcomes studies from a broad range of contexts. We are interested in both studies that critically examine issues related to Chinese language acquisition and empirical studies that provide findings through solid data and research design. We encourage the submission of papers based on high-quality graduate theses/dissertations.  Possible topics include but are not limited to: cognitive aspects of Chinese L1 and L2 acquisition, psychological and social-contextual aspects of Chinese language acquisition, Chinese heritage language learners, and classroom-based acquisition research. Manuscripts should be written in English.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Prof. Xiaohong Wen
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Languages is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Cognitive aspects of Chinese L1 and L2 acquisition
  • Psychological and social-contextual aspects of Chinese language acquisition
  • Chinese heritage language learners
  • Classroom-based acquisition research

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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