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ERIC Number: EJ1094075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0267-6583
Uneven Reassembly of Tense, Telicity and Discourse Features in L2 Acquisition of the Chinese "shì…de" Cleft Construction by Adult English Speakers
Mai, Ziyin; Yuan, Boping
Second Language Research, v32 n2 p247-276 Apr 2016
This article reports an empirical study investigating L2 acquisition of the Mandarin Chinese "shì…de" cleft construction by adult English-speaking learners within the framework of the Feature Reassembly Hypothesis (Lardiere, 2009). A Sentence Completion task, an interpretation task, two Acceptability Judgement tasks, and a felicity ranking task were administered to learners with intermediate and advanced Chinese proficiency (n = 76). The results reveal an initial mapping between the target Chinese structure and the English "it"-cleft construction. The relevant tense, telicity and discourse features are added in an uneven feature-by-feature manner in the subsequent feature reassembly. It is proposed that feature reassembly tasks involving cross-domain operations (e.g. from prosody to syntax) are more complicated and more difficult to accomplish than those taking place within the same linguistic domain.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; Taiwan; United Kingdom; United States