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'.

Research interests

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
  • Minimalism
  • Nominal structures
  • Processability Theory

Current research:

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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27815
  • 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.


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Office hours

Tues 10-11; Thurs 3-4

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