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Bachelors of Arts (BA)
The first question focused on the use of morphological cues in the selection of classifiers by native English speakers. After studying Mandarin for a short while, learners become aware of some morphological cues that can often provide a clue to the meaning of a new word, and potentially help to predict the correct classifier. In addition to studying classifier selection by native English speakers, I studied whether foreign language learners could take advantage of classifiers heard in speech to determine what was being referenced. In other words, I tested English-speaking students learning Mandarin to determine if they were able to use familiar classifiers as a way to determine the referents of novel nouns.
Wilson, Jennifer Lynn, "Linguistic Clues: The Foreign Language Learner's Use of Sortal Classifiers and Morphological Cues in Mandarin Chinese" (2008). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 846.
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