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Title: A cross language study of L2 acquisition of Chinese and English reflexives by English and Chinese speakers
Other Titles: Ying yu ren shi he Han yu ren shi xi de di er yu yan zhong Han yu he Ying yu fan shen dai ci de shuang xiang yan jiu
英語人士和漢語人士習得第二語言中漢語和英語反身代詞的雙向研究
Authors: Zeng, Li (曾莉)
Department: Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: City University of Hong Kong
Subjects: Second language acquisition.
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Reflexives.
Chinese language -- Reflexives.
English language -- Reflexives.
Notes: CityU Call Number: P118.2 .Z46 2010
xix, 318 leaves : ill. 30 cm.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--City University of Hong Kong, 2010.
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 231-240)
Type: thesis
Abstract: This study investigates the acquisition of Chinese and English reflexives by English and Chinese speakers respectively. Within the theoretical framework of Government and Binding, and adopting Progovac‘s (1992, 1993) Relativized SUBJECT analysis, it examines whether English and Chinese speakers can successfully acquire binding domains of Chinese and English reflexives in accordance with the Binding Principle A, and whether they can select proper antecedents of Chinese and English reflexives on the basis of their respective morphological status. It also investigates the role of the L1 and the application of the Subset Principle in the acquisition of Chinese and English reflexives by English and Chinese speakers. Participants included English speakers learning Chinese, Chinese speakers learning English, native Chinese speakers, and native English speakers. A Chinese and an English proficiency tests were employed to assess English and Chinese speakers‘ L2 proficiency of Chinese and English respectively. Two types of tasks - the grammaticality judgment task and the context-based sentence judgment task - were used to test the acquisition of binding properties of Chinese and English reflexives. It is found that English and Chinese speakers are successful in binding L2 reflexives in the domains sanctioned by the Binding Principle A, and in selecting proper antecedents for L2 reflexives on the basis of their respective morphological status. It is further revealed that the L2 acquisition of Chinese and English reflexives recapitulates the corresponding L1 development. The results suggest that L2 learners have access to the Binding Principles of UG and to UG at the morphology/syntax interface. Besides, the results indicate that binding properties of the L1 reflexives may not transfer to IL grammars of reflexives, which supports Eubank‘s proposal of partial L1 transfer whereby morphology/ lexicon driven syntactic properties do not carry over from L1 to L2. In addition, the results reveal that the Subset Principle cannot fully predict or explain the acquisition of Chinese and English reflexives by English and Chinese speakers.
Online Catalog Link: http://lib.cityu.edu.hk/record=b3947623
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