ERIC Number: ED363099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
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Constraints on Dative Acquisition by Chinese ESL Learners.
CUHK Papers in Linguistics, n3 p1-27 Oct 1991
This study focused on the acquisition of the dative verb by Chinese learners of English as a Second Language. The study proposes that the learner acquires basic semantic structure for the double-object dative via the "near universal linking rules that map thematic roles to syntactic positions. On semantic grounds, the learner might then use any verb in the double-object dative that is semantically consistent with the semantic structure for the double-object dative, including verbs such as "deliver,""pull," and "shout." To elicit information on this issue, four grammaticality judgment tests were administered to two groups of Chinese students, and a control group of native speakers in Hong Kong. (Author/JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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Note: For the serial publication as a whole, see FL 021 540.