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The effects of L1 congruency, L2 proficiency, and the collocate-node relationship on the processing of L2 English collocations by L1-Chinese EFL learners
Chen Ding1; Barry Lee Reynolds1,2
2019-12-31
Source PublicationReview of Cognitive Linguistics
ISSN1877-9751
Volume17Issue:2Pages:331-357
Abstract

This study investigated the effects of first language (L1) congruency, second language (L2) proficiency, and the collocate-node relationship (i.e., verbnoun, adjective-noun, noun-noun) on collocation processing by logographic L1-Chinese learners of English. Comparisons were made of accuracy rates and response times to a collocation lexical decision task completed by L1-Chinese English as a Foreign Language (EFL) English Majors (n=30), L1-Chinese EFL non-English Majors (n=30), and L1-English Native Speakers (n=26). Analysis of the data revealed that while congruent collocations were processed more accurately and faster than incongruent collocations by both L1-Chinese participant groups, the English Majors showed a processing advantage over their non-English Major peers. Further analysis revealed a processing advantage for noun-noun collocations, providing additional evidence in explaining the difficulties L1-Chinese have in acquiring verb-noun collocations. These results and other nuanced statistical findings are discussed in relation to pedagogical means of enhancing L2 collocation acquisition by L1-Chinese speakers.

KeywordCollocate-node Relationship Collocation Processing Efl Learners Formulaic Language L1 Chinese L1 Congruency L2 Collocations L2 English L2 Proficiency
DOI10.1075/rcl.00038.din
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Indexed BySSCI ; AHCI
Language英語English
WOS Research AreaLinguistics
WOS SubjectLinguistics ; Language & Linguistics
WOS IDWOS:000507388600002
PublisherJOHN BENJAMINS PUBLISHING CO
Scopus ID2-s2.0-85077996744
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorBarry Lee Reynolds
Affiliation1.Faculty of Education,University of Macau,Macao
2.University of Macau,Faculty of Education,Taipa,Av. da Universidade,Macao
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Chen Ding,Barry Lee Reynolds. The effects of L1 congruency, L2 proficiency, and the collocate-node relationship on the processing of L2 English collocations by L1-Chinese EFL learners[J]. Review of Cognitive Linguistics,2019,17(2):331-357.
APA Chen Ding,&Barry Lee Reynolds.(2019).The effects of L1 congruency, L2 proficiency, and the collocate-node relationship on the processing of L2 English collocations by L1-Chinese EFL learners.Review of Cognitive Linguistics,17(2),331-357.
MLA Chen Ding,et al."The effects of L1 congruency, L2 proficiency, and the collocate-node relationship on the processing of L2 English collocations by L1-Chinese EFL learners".Review of Cognitive Linguistics 17.2(2019):331-357.
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