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ERIC Number: ED409716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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ISSN: ISSN-0959-2253
Japanese Learners' Acquisition and Use of the English Article System.
Takahashi, Toshiaki
Edinburgh Working Papers in Applied Linguistics, n8 p98-110 1997
A study of Japanese learners' acquisition of the article system in English noun phrases investigated whether (1) presence or absence of a modifier affected the choice of definite article used, and (2) whether the choice of definite article was influenced by reliance on knowledge of commonly-occurring sequences. Subjects were 111 Japanese university students who completed a multiple-choice cloze test and a multiple-choice article insertion test. Results indicate the learners' responses were more accurate when the noun phrase modified by a prepositional phrase required the definite articles than when it did not. Thus the subjects tended to use the definite article for modified noun phrases even if there was more than one potential entity to which the modified noun phrase referred. It was also found that the subjects' responses were significantly more accurate when use of "the" was in accord with commonly-occurring sequences than when it was not. Pedagogical implications are discussed. The tests are appended. Contains 24 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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