Uneven reassembly of tense, telicity and discourse features in L2 acquisition of the Chinese shi ... de cleft construction by adult English speakers
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AbstractThis article reports an empirical study investigating L2 acquisition of the Mandarin Chinese shi ... 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 crossdomain operations (e.g. from prosody to syntax) are more complicated and more difficult to accomplish than those taking place within the same linguistic domain.
All Author(s) ListMai ZY, Yuan BP
Journal nameSecond Language Research
Volume Number32
Issue Number2
Pages247 - 276
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Keywordsdiscourse; feature reassembly; L2 Chinese; tense and aspect
Web of Science Subject CategoriesEducation & Educational Research; Linguistics

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