Japanese Learners' Characteristic Errors of the Chinese Numeral Classifier Sequence yi ge: Learning and/or Unlearning?
two- and three-choice cloze test
Japanese learners of Chinese
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.
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