Negative Transfer of Chinese in English Learners’ Lexical Learning: A Markedness Theory Perspective

Xiaoning WANG


Based on the markedness theory, the article discusses the negative transfer of Chinese in English learners’ lexical learning from the morphological, semantic and pragmatic perspectives, proposes that raising the English learners’ markedness awareness and encouraging the students to read extensively to enhance their communicative competence facilitates overcoming the negative transfer.


Markedness theory; English lexical learning; Negative transfer

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