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Source s of inter-learner variation in the ba construction

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Abstract


  • Variability in interlanguage has received growing attention in SLA. However, the variation

    and its sources in the interlanguage of L2 Chinese remain under-researched. This study

    investigated sources of inter-learner variation in the use of the ba construction (BC) by

    English and Korean speaking learners of L2 Chinese. A total of 110 adult learners were

    examined both in New Zealand and in China, with 22 native speakers of Chinese as control.

    A battery of three tasks (i.e., an oral production task prompted by video clips, an oral

    imitation task, and an untimed grammaticality judgement task conducted orally) was used to

    elicit two types of the ba construction (BC1 and BC2). The accuracy of the use of BC was

    examined in terms of two measures: oral scores (i.e., the average of the oral production and

    oral imitation scores) and metalinguistic scores (i.e., the average of the judgment and

    correction scores).The statistical analysis showed that the number of years of study, setting,

    first language, and starting age were the sources of the inter-learner variation. In addition,

    self-rated proficiency significantly correlated with both oral and metalinguistic scores of BC,

    whereas gender had no effect on the accurate use of BC. The findings are discussed in

    terms of the effects of these sources on oral and metalinguistic competencies. This study

    suggests that multiple sources account for the variation in BC, and that the effects of these

    sources differ somewhat in terms of the learners’ oral and metalinguistic competencies.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Gao, X. 2011, ''Source s of inter-learner variation in the ba construction'', 1st Auckland Postgraduate Conference on Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, University of Auckland, Auckland, pp. 7-7.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2293&context=artspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1274

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  • 7

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  • 7

Place Of Publication


  • Auckland

Abstract


  • Variability in interlanguage has received growing attention in SLA. However, the variation

    and its sources in the interlanguage of L2 Chinese remain under-researched. This study

    investigated sources of inter-learner variation in the use of the ba construction (BC) by

    English and Korean speaking learners of L2 Chinese. A total of 110 adult learners were

    examined both in New Zealand and in China, with 22 native speakers of Chinese as control.

    A battery of three tasks (i.e., an oral production task prompted by video clips, an oral

    imitation task, and an untimed grammaticality judgement task conducted orally) was used to

    elicit two types of the ba construction (BC1 and BC2). The accuracy of the use of BC was

    examined in terms of two measures: oral scores (i.e., the average of the oral production and

    oral imitation scores) and metalinguistic scores (i.e., the average of the judgment and

    correction scores).The statistical analysis showed that the number of years of study, setting,

    first language, and starting age were the sources of the inter-learner variation. In addition,

    self-rated proficiency significantly correlated with both oral and metalinguistic scores of BC,

    whereas gender had no effect on the accurate use of BC. The findings are discussed in

    terms of the effects of these sources on oral and metalinguistic competencies. This study

    suggests that multiple sources account for the variation in BC, and that the effects of these

    sources differ somewhat in terms of the learners’ oral and metalinguistic competencies.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Gao, X. 2011, ''Source s of inter-learner variation in the ba construction'', 1st Auckland Postgraduate Conference on Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, University of Auckland, Auckland, pp. 7-7.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2293&context=artspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1274

Start Page


  • 7

End Page


  • 7

Place Of Publication


  • Auckland