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ID 32054
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creator
Teng, Xiaochun
subject
yige
two- and three-choice cloze test
Japanese learners of Chinese
U-shaped learning
NDC
Japanese
abstract
This study was motivated by Higuchi (2007), in which many advanced learners of Chinese made incorrect responses to seemingly easy items in a two-choice cloze-type test of the Chinese numeral classifier sequence yi ge. In Experiment 1, we tested native Chinese speakers as subjects, using the same material but allowing three possible choices for each item: (1) yi ge, (2) zero, or (3) yi ge/zero (i.e., either acceptable). The results revealed that there were several items which elicited a yi ge/zero response, thereby indicating that the validity of a two-choice test is questionable.In Experiment 2, both a two-choice and a three-choice test were administered to Japanese learners of Chinese. The results showed that the subjects made more correct responses to the 'easy' items marking ~new information status than did Higuchi's subjects. Combined with Higuchi's findings, the present results may be interpreted as suggesting that Japanese learners in a beginning or intermediate stage first acquire the association between yi ge and new information status of the following noun, but unlearn that simple association at a more advanced level. The grammatical features which seem to engender this learning pattern are briefly discussed.
journal title
Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association
volume
Volume 45
issue
Issue 1
start page
89
end page
101
date of issued
2010-02
publisher
The Chinese Language Teachers Association
issn
0009-4595
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language
eng
nii type
Journal Article
HU type
Journal Articles
DCMI type
text
format
application/pdf
text version
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rights
Copyright (c) 2010 The Chinese Language Teachers Association
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department
Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences