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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In this book, linguistic achievements of word order studies in Chinese have been applied to Chinese second language acquisition research. By analyzing a great number of word order errors made by learners of Chinese as a foreign language (CFL), this book has developed a method for describing and explaining Chinese word order errors. With this method, the book has the potential to empower CFL teachers all over the world to teach Chinese in an informed manner, and particularly to teach Chinese word order more effectively and efficiently.

 

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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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