Acquisition of Word Order in Chinese as a Foreign Language

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Walter de Gruyter, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 320 pages
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Research in the field of Chinese as a second/foreign language (L2) acquisition, at present, does not match the increasing demand to learn Chinese as an L2, given that Chinese is the fastest growing foreign language in countries such as Japan, South Korea, the United States, Canada, UK and Australia.

Particularly, research in Chinese L2 word order acquisition requires more attention because word order plays a more complex role in Chinese than in English due to the fact that Chinese relies heavily on word order for information structuring. Experience with Chinese L2 learning and teaching shows that Chinese word order errors are a significant problem with adult English-speaking learners. However, Chinese L2 researchers and teachers are left with no means to adequately describe and explain these errors for instruction purposes.

This book is specifically written to provide such a means for them to understand Chinese word order, to describe and explain Chinese word order errors and also to help treat such errors in L2 classrooms. The centrality of word order in Chinese grammar and the emerging popularity of learning Chinese L2 make this book an important resource for both the learner and the teacher.

 

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Contents

Literature review
1
Centrality of word order in Chinese
3
how to describe and explain Chinese L2 word
12
Theoretical approaches applied in L2 word order acquisition
23
The Processability Theory approach
32
The Competition Model approach
39
The Cognitive Functionalist Approach
45
Conclusion
55
Conclusion
133
The study
135
A principlebased taxonomy of Chinese L2 word
141
Characteristics and significance of the principlebased
177
Chinese L2 word order errors Relative frequency
185
Conclusion
197
Pedagogical implications of the findings
204
References
211

Studies on Chinese L2 word order errors
70
Explanatory value of PTS and WBP for Chinese L2 word
77
The proposed criterion for categorizing Chinese L2 word
107
Error Analysis EA
115
Appendix
231
Index
317
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Wenying Jiang, University of Alberta, Canada.

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