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.