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ERIC Number: EJ992463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7164
Insight into the Structure of Compound Words among Speakers of Chinese and English
Zhang, Jie; Anderson, Richard C.; Wang, Qiuying; Packard, Jerome; Wu, Xinchun; Tang, Shan; Ke, Xiaoling
Applied Psycholinguistics, v33 n4 p753-779 Oct 2012
Knowledge of compound word structures in Chinese and English was investigated, comparing 435 Chinese and 258 Americans, including second, fourth, and sixth graders, and college undergraduates. As anticipated, the results revealed that Chinese speakers performed better on a word structure analogy task than their English-speaking counterparts. Also, as anticipated, speakers of both languages performed better on noun + noun and verb + particle compounds, which are more productive in their respective languages than noun + verb and verb + noun compounds, which are less productive. Both Chinese and English speakers performed significantly better on novel compounds than on familiar compounds, most likely because familiar compounds are lexicalized and do not invite decomposition into constituents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 2; Grade 4; Grade 6; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China; United States