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Title:Does L1 transfer influence Chinese speakers' intuition of adjective ordering in English
Author(s):Huang, Ruoyu
Advisor(s):Ionin, Tania
Contributor(s):Yan, Xun
Department / Program:Linguistics
Discipline:Teaching of English Sec Lang
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Adjective ordering
L1 influence
Universal grammar
Chinese English as a second language (ESL) learner
Abstract:L1 influence on second language acquisition has been shown by linguists in many areas. This study is to look into the L1 influence on English adjective ordering among Chinese ESL learners. We hypothesized that if there was a certain adjective ordering "rule" existing in both Chinese and English, it would facilitate Chinese ESL learners' performance on producing such order in English. The results of our experiment suggested that there was a statistically significant interaction between proficiency level (native vs. non-native) and adjective categories ( non-absolute + absolute vs. absolute + absolute vs. non-absolute + non-absolute). More specifically, Chinese ESL learners performed the best in the "nom-absolute + absolute" category that exists in both English and Chinese compared to the other two categories that only exist in English. This finding indicates that L1 influence may play a role in second language acquisition of adjective ordering.
Issue Date:2017-07-17
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 Ruoyu Huang
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-09-29
Date Deposited:2017-08

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