Are There Any Differences Between the Native Speakers and Chinese English Learners in Using Rising Declaratives?

Zhenyun Chen

Abstract


This article reports on an empirical study investigating whether Chinese English learners are able to make the similar choices to the native speakers for the questions, especially the rising declaratives, in different scenarios. Results suggest that language transfer has an eminent influence on the Chinese English learners in making the choices, showing intense negative transfer in this process. However, there is divergence between the questions in different specific conditions. The effects of language transfer are manifested comparatively clearly in the context where only rising interrogatives, or both interrogatives and rising declaratives can be uses as questions. Consequently, this quantitative study can explicitly reflect to what degree  and in which aspects the cross-linguistic effects can influence the using of questions among the Chinese English speakers.  


Keywords


questions;rising declaratives;language transfer; quantitative study

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

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