Title: A Learner Corpus Study of L2 Lexical Development of Chinese Resultative Verb Compounds
Author: Jie Zhang
Abstract: The Chinese resultative verb compounds (RVCs) are an important yet challenging compound structure for second language (L2) Chinese learners. However, there is little understanding about how the lexical features of RVCs emerge and develop in L2 Chinese learners. Drawing on written essays in an L2 Chinese learner corpus, this study investigated the lexical development of RVCs in frequency, component versatility, and accuracy. The findings revealed that learners acquired RVCs in three phases: the whole-word formula phase, the emergence of compound awareness phase, and the solidified compound awareness and lexical development phase. The study found that different types of RVCs demonstrated divergent patterns of development and posed different acquisition difficulties for learners, thus calling for different pedagogical approaches.
Keywords: learner corpus; lexical development; Chinese resultative verb compounds; frequency; component versatility; accuracy
Source: Journal of the Chinese Language Teachers Association, 2014, 49(3), 1-24.