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How do Chinese as a second language (CSL) learners acquire orthographic knowledge: component, structure and position regularity
Loh, Elizabeth Ka Yee1; Liao, Xian2; Leung, Shing On3; Tam, Loretta Chung Wing1
2021
Source PublicationLanguage Awareness
ISSN0965-8416
Volume30Issue:3Pages:297-316
AbstractLearning Chinese characters could be challenging for many CSL learners due to the distinction in orthographic features between the Chinese written system and their first languages. While acquisition of orthographic knowledge could be important for learning Chinese characters, how they can gain knowledge about different aspects of Chinese orthography (i.e. component, structure and position regularity) remains less studied. The component is a basic perceptual constituent of Chinese characters, the character structure is the configuration layout formed by relative positions of components. Many components are supposed to follow the implicit position regularity rule when they are integrated to form characters. In this study, a total of 213 CSL students in Hong Kong were invited to complete three tasks measuring students’ component knowledge, structural knowledge, and position regularity knowledge. It has been found that overall CSL students’ performance in these tasks seemed to be affected by character structures. Furthermore, we found that component knowledge had an indirect effect on position regularity knowledge via the mediation of structural knowledge, which showed a possible link about how learners gradually understand complex orthographic rules based on the perceptual observation. Implications for the teaching and learning of the Chinese language were also discussed.
KeywordChinese as a second language Component knowledge indirect effect position regularity knowledge structural knowledge
DOI10.1080/09658416.2021.1972115
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Language英語English
Scopus ID2-s2.0-85114616067
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionUniversity of Macau
Affiliation1.Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
2.Department of Chinese Language Studies, Centre for Research on Chinese Language and Education, The Education University of Hong Kong, Tai Po, Hong Kong
3.Faculty of Education, University of Macau, Taipa, Macao
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Loh, Elizabeth Ka Yee,Liao, Xian,Leung, Shing On,et al. How do Chinese as a second language (CSL) learners acquire orthographic knowledge: component, structure and position regularity[J]. Language Awareness,2021,30(3):297-316.
APA Loh, Elizabeth Ka Yee,Liao, Xian,Leung, Shing On,&Tam, Loretta Chung Wing.(2021).How do Chinese as a second language (CSL) learners acquire orthographic knowledge: component, structure and position regularity.Language Awareness,30(3),297-316.
MLA Loh, Elizabeth Ka Yee,et al."How do Chinese as a second language (CSL) learners acquire orthographic knowledge: component, structure and position regularity".Language Awareness 30.3(2021):297-316.
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