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Article: ‘Almost people’: A learner corpus account of L2 use and misuse of non-numerical quantification

Title‘Almost people’: A learner corpus account of L2 use and misuse of non-numerical quantification
Authors
Issue Date2016
PublisherDe Gruyter Open. The Journal's web site is located at https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/opli
Citation
Open Linguistics, 2016, v. 2 n. 1, p. 317-336 How to Cite?
AbstractWe present an Integrated Contrastive Model of non-numerical quantificational NPs (NNQs, i.e. ‘some people’) produced by L1 English speakers and Mandarin and Korean L2 English learners. Learner corpus data was sourced from the ICNALE (Ishikawa, 2011, 2013) across four L2 proficiency levels. An average 10% of L2 NNQs were specific to L2 varieties, including noun number mismatches (*‘many child’), omitting obligatory quantifiers after adverbs (*‘almost people’), adding unnecessary particles (*‘all of people’) and non-L1 English-like quantifier/noun agreement (*‘many water’). Significantly fewer ‘openclass’ NNQs (e.g a number of people) are produced by L2 learners, preferring ‘closed-class’ single lexical quantifiers (following L1-like use). While such production is predictable via L1 transfer, Korean L2 English learners produced significantly more L2-like NNQs at each proficiency level, which was not entirely predictable under a transfer account. We thus consider whether positive transfer of other linguistic forms (i.e. definiteness marking) aids the learnability of other L2 forms (i.e. expression of quantification).
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/233049
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dc.contributor.authorCrosthwaite, PR-
dc.contributor.authorChoy, LY-
dc.contributor.authorBae, YS-
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-20T05:34:12Z-
dc.date.available2016-09-20T05:34:12Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationOpen Linguistics, 2016, v. 2 n. 1, p. 317-336-
dc.identifier.issn2300-9969-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/233049-
dc.description.abstractWe present an Integrated Contrastive Model of non-numerical quantificational NPs (NNQs, i.e. ‘some people’) produced by L1 English speakers and Mandarin and Korean L2 English learners. Learner corpus data was sourced from the ICNALE (Ishikawa, 2011, 2013) across four L2 proficiency levels. An average 10% of L2 NNQs were specific to L2 varieties, including noun number mismatches (*‘many child’), omitting obligatory quantifiers after adverbs (*‘almost people’), adding unnecessary particles (*‘all of people’) and non-L1 English-like quantifier/noun agreement (*‘many water’). Significantly fewer ‘openclass’ NNQs (e.g a number of people) are produced by L2 learners, preferring ‘closed-class’ single lexical quantifiers (following L1-like use). While such production is predictable via L1 transfer, Korean L2 English learners produced significantly more L2-like NNQs at each proficiency level, which was not entirely predictable under a transfer account. We thus consider whether positive transfer of other linguistic forms (i.e. definiteness marking) aids the learnability of other L2 forms (i.e. expression of quantification).-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherDe Gruyter Open. The Journal's web site is located at https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/opli-
dc.relation.ispartofOpen Linguistics-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.title‘Almost people’: A learner corpus account of L2 use and misuse of non-numerical quantification-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailCrosthwaite, PR: drprc80@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailChoy, LY: lavigne@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityCrosthwaite, PR=rp01961-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1515/opli-2016-0015-
dc.identifier.hkuros265437-
dc.identifier.volume2-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage317-
dc.identifier.epage336-
dc.publisher.placeGermany-

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