I am an assistant professor in the Department of General and Romance Linguistics at University of Lisbon (ULisboa), where I received a PhD in Linguistics in 2021. Before becoming a faculty member at ULisboa, I have taught at University of Minho (2021 - 2022) and Polytechnic of Leiria (2021).
My research lies at the crossroads between Second Language Acquisition and Phonology. Some specific topics that I have explored in my recent work are:
Perception and production in L2 speech learning
Acquisition of novel phonological categories across prosodic contexts
Interaction between phonology and orthography in (L2) speech
Phonetics and phonology of rhotics
Effective and rapid L2 Portuguese proficiency test - LextPT
2023. Zhou, C. O contraste lateral-rótico do português europeu e do chinês mandarim: análise comparativa e estudos de PLE. Linguística Contrastiva: Estudos Português - Chinês. Zhang, J. & Grosso, M. (eds.), University of Macau
2022. Zhou, C. & A. Jesus. Portuguese Has Two Underlying Rhotics: Evidence from Lisbon and Carioca Varieties. Supplemental Proceedings of the 2021 Annual Meeting on Phonology. https://doi.org/10.3765/amp.v9i0.5167
2022. Zhou, C. & M. J. Freitas. A ordem da aquisição dos plurais com lateral final do PE: uma análise à luz da Teoria da Otimidade. ATAS DO I PHONOSHUTTLE OPO - PONTE AÉREA DE FONOLOGIA. Link
2021. Zhou, C. Dissertation Notice: L2 speech learning of European Portuguese /l/ and /ɾ/ by L1-Mandarin learners: Experimental evidence and theoretical modelling. Language Acquisition. DOI: 10.1080/10489223.2021.1952591
2021. Zhou, C., M. J. Freitas & A. Castelo. On the Acquisition of European Portuguese Liquid Consonants by L1-Mandarin Learners. Multilingualism and third language acquisition: learning and teaching trends, Pinto, J. & Alexandre, N. (eds.), Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4449767
2020. Zhou, C. & S. Hamann. Cross-linguistic interaction between phonological categorization and orthography predicts prosodic effects in the acquisition of Portuguese liquids by L1-Mandarin learners. Proceedings of Interspeech 2020. http://doi.org/10.21437/interspeech.2020-2689
2019. Zhou, C., M. J. Freitas & A. Castelo. A aquisição das consoantes líquidas do português europeu em coda por falantes chineses [Acquisition of European Portuguese liquid consonants in coda by Chinese speakers]. De Oriente a Ocidente: estudos da Associação Internacional de Lusitanistas: Volume V — Estudos da AIL sobre Ciências da Linguagem (Língua, Linguística, Didática): 87-118. ISBN978-972-8827-96-0
2018. Zhou, C., M. J. Freitas & A. Castelo. A aquisição das consoantes laterais do português europeu por falantes chineses [Acquisition of European Portuguese lateral consonants by Chinese speakers]. Revista da Associação Portuguesa de Linguística, 4: 295-313. DOI: https://doi.org/10.26334/2183- 9077/rapln4ano2018a46
2017. Zhou, C., M. Cruz & S. Frota. O ritmo da interlíngua na produção do Português Europeu por falantes nativos de Chinês Mandarim [Interlanguage Rhythm in European Portuguese production of native speakers of Mandarin Chinese]. Revista da Associação Portuguesa de Linguística, 3: 423-435. DOI: 10.26334/2183-9077/rapln3ano2017a22
Zhou, C. (2021). L2 speech learning of European Portuguese /l/ and /ɾ/ by L1-Mandarin learners: Experimental evidence and theoretical modelling. (Doctoral dissertation), University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. Dissertation Committee: Maria João Freitas (Lisbon), Anabela Rato (Toronto), Paula Fikkert (Radboud).
2022. Correia, Liliana, Chao Zhou & Cristina Flores. Productive lexical knowledge predicts bilingual children’s global accent in their heritage language. GALA 2022. September 22-24, Frankfurt.
2021. Hamann, S. & C. Zhou. Modeling the prosodically-conditioned orthographic influence on the Mandarin L2 acquisition of Portuguese /ɾ/. The 28th Manchester Phonology Meeting. May 26-28, University of Manchester/online, Manchester, UK.
2020. Zhou, C. & S. Hamann. Formalizing the mismatch between L2 perception and production of European Portuguese liquids by L1-Mandarin learners. Going Romance, November 26-27, online.
2020. Zhou, C., A. Rato & M. J. Freitas. On the structural modifications of European Portuguese syllable-final tap by L1-Mandarin learners. 45th Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD), November 5-8, online.
LextPT: A reliable and efficient test for L2 Portuguese proficiency
Vocabulary size has been recurrently shown to be a reliable indicator of second language (L2) proficiency. Among the many existing vocabulary tests for L2 proficiency, the LexTALE test and its equivalents are growing in popularity since they provide a rapid (within 5 minutes) and reliable way to assess the L2 proficiency of several languages (English, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Italian). In collaboration with Xinyi Li (Nova University of Lisbon), we developed a vocabulary size test for L2 Portuguese proficiency: LextPT. A large-scale validation study with 452 L2 learners of Portuguese demonstrates that LextPT is not only a valid and effective instrument to measure the L2 proficiency of both European and Brazilian Portuguese, but it is also highly reliable for learners with different L1 backgrounds.
If you want to use a pen and paper version of LextPT, please click here. An online version is avaliable in Gorilla https://app.gorilla.sc/openmaterials/513634.