Date of Award
M.A. in Modern Languages
The current thesis investigates the acquisition of Chinese wh-questions by English l2 learners based on the syntactic differences between the two languages. I seek to find out how well do the l2 learners acquire the wh-questions, as measured by a grammaticality judgment task; what wh-words tend to pose difficulties for the acceptability of l2 learners; if l2 learners able to acquire the native-like word order of wh-questions in Chinese; if the results of the initial l2 learners in line with any hypotheses of the initial state. Through the analysis of the results, I will conclude that l1 English learners of l2 Chinese at the initial state fully transfer the features of wh-questions, while non-initial students are able to acquire wh-in situ feature with some types of wh-questions, in line with Schwartz & Sprouse's (1994, 1996) full transfer full access hypothesis.
Yi, Linfei, "Acquisition Of Chinese Wh-Questions By English L2 Learners" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1083.
Emphasis: Languages, Specialization: German