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ERIC Number: EJ1165086
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0965-8416
Judgement of Countability and Plural Marking in English by Native and Non-Native English Speakers
Tsang, Art
Language Awareness, v26 n4 p343-359 2017
Learning whether English nouns are countable or not is a source of great difficulty for many ESL/EFL learners. In the present study, a grammaticality judgement task comprised of a range of nouns representative of the different facets of the countability system in English was distributed to 82 native speakers of English (NSs) and 98 non-native speakers (NNSs). Participant responses provided both quantitative and qualitative data for analysis. The findings indicate that there are significant differences between the judgements made by the NSs and NNSs both quantitatively and qualitatively. It is also evident from the data that the judgements made by the NNSs reveal poor awareness of countability and plural marking in English, an over-reliance on noun countability preferences (i.e. rigidly memorising whether a particular noun is countable or uncountable), and a certain illogicality in their explanations. The article culminates with a brief discussion of some pedagogical implications in relation to countability and plural marking.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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