Title

The Acquisition Order of the Chinese ba Construction by New Zealand L2 Learners

RIS ID

59346

Publication Details

Gao, X. 2006, 'The Acquisition Order of the Chinese ba Construction by New Zealand L2 Learners', the World Chinese Language Association's 8th Conference, the World Chinese Language Association, Taiwan, pp. 251-261.

Additional Publication Information

第八届世界华语文教学研讨会公布后,有22个国家地区华语文学者470人共提交论文摘要338篇,为求公正,本会成立学术评审委员会,由各大学语言学教授二十多人组成。论文采匿名方式评审,每篇论文分别二至三位委员详阅,各列优先顺序,然后开会检讨。悬殊过大者,在细看论文摘要,商讨定案。评审结果,录取72篇在研讨会宣读发表。 The committee received 338 papers from 470 Chinese scholars from 22 countries. To ensure a fair and merit-based selection, the committee established a review panel comprising 30 professors in linguistics from universities around the world. Each paper was carefully reviewed and ranked by 2-3 reviewers. The panel then selected 72 papers to be presented at the conference and published in the proceedings.

Abstract

This paper investigates the acquisition of 16 types of the Chinese ba construction by New Zealand second language learners. A cross-sectional questionnaire survey and longitudinal interviews were used to collect data. The study reported the acquisition order of these 16 types of ba construction. This order was reinforced by qualitative data collected from longitudinal interviews. The order reflected the dynamic process that learners’ second language acquisition developed from an erroneous state to an accurate state. This finding lent support to the Teachablity Hypothesis.

Conlusion:

This study reported on the acquisition order of the Chinese ba construction by New Zealand second language learners. Qualitative data collected from longitudinal interviews lent support to the finding based on the questionnaire survey. This order revealed the dynamic process used by English speaking learners in New Zealand to master the different types of Chinese ba construction. These findings suggest that second language teachers of Chinese should consider the order of acquisition when organising teaching order in their teaching practice.

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