A Corpus-Based Study on Chinese EFL Students’ Acquisition of “YET”

Qixiu QIN


This essay investigates how Chinese students, who learn English as a foreign language (“EFL learners” for short), acquire the word “yet” by comparing Chinese Learner English Corpus (“CLEC” for short) and Corpus of Contemporary American English (“COCA” for short). The study finds that: “Yet” is not commonly used among Chinese EFL learners, except senior English majors; Compared with native English speakers, Chinese learners prefer to use “yet” as a conjunction, or use it as an adverb simply; and the error rate for using “yet” among Chine students is relatively low.


Yet; Chinese EFL learners; Lexical acquisition; Language corpus

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Gui, S. C., & Yang, H. Z. (2003). Chinese learner English corpus. Shanghai, China: Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press.

Gui, S. C., Yang, H. Z., & Yang, D. F. (2005). Corpus-based analysis of Chinese learner English. Shanghai, China: Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/n


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