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Research on Emotion Perception in Mandarin: Call for participants

From: Pernelle Lorette <>
June 25, 2018 at 8:38:27 AM HST

I am doing a PhD in Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck University of London under Prof. Jean-Marc Dewaele’s and Prof. Li Wei’s supervision. I am investigating cross-linguistic and cross-cultural emotion perception, focusing on how the feelings of a Chinese speakers are understood by native, nonnative, and ‘non-speakers’ of Mandarin. I need hundreds of participants with all possible profiles, coming from different parts of the world, be they proficient in Mandarin or not.

Anyone 18+ can participate, regardless of their linguistic or cultural background. Participants will hear and/or see a Chinese speaker in 12 recordings and will have to indicate how they think that he is feeling in each recording.

The survey exists in either English or Chinese:

Simplified Chinese: 
Traditional Chinese:

Being able to interpret the emotional state of one’s interlocutor is crucial to interpret his/her message. This research project might have valuable implications for Chinese language teaching, but also in other domain such as business, education, conflict resolution, etc.

Please find attach the official call for participants (in both English and Chinese). The questionnaire will be online until the 15th of July at least (most probably with an extension till September in case I cannot find enough participants by July).

Many thanks in advance for your reply.

Kind regards,

Pernelle Lorette

PhD student
Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication
Birkbeck College, University of London (UK)
Supervisors: Prof. Jean-Marc Dewaele & Prof. Li Wei


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