The Issue of Register-Style in Language
Teaching: Analyzing Register-Style Errors of
Learners of Cantonese as a Second Language
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AbstractThis paper analyzes the register-style errors of learners of Cantonese as a second language. It is a
pilot study of building up learners’ corpus containing learners’ speeches and storytelling samples
of about 5000 minutes. All data are collected from spontaneous speeches delivered and storytelling
by 44 Cantonese L2 learners during different learning stages. The data shows examples containing
utterances and samples with register-style errors produced by Cantonese L2 learners.
Examples show violation of rules in register-style grammar by using inappropriate register-style
or mingling different levels of formality in particular language context. The research is a preliminary
analysis of register-style grammar in Cantonese and discusses some implications and suggestions
for teaching Cantonese as a Second Language as well as in teaching Chinese as a Second Language.
Acceptance Date09/08/2015
All Author(s) ListLee Siu-lun, Chan Kin Wing Kevin
Journal nameOpen Journal of Modern Linguistics
Year2015
Month8
Day12
Volume Number5
Issue Number4
PublisherScientific Research Publishing
Place of PublicationOnline
Pages319 - 326
ISSN2164-2818
LanguagesEnglish-United States
KeywordsPragmatics, Register, Style, Error Analysis, Teaching Cantonese as a Second Language, Teaching
Chinese as a Second Language

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