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    L1 Development in an L2 Environment: the use of Cantonese classifiers and quantifiers by young British-born Chinese in Tyneside

    Li, Wei and Lee, S. (2001) L1 Development in an L2 Environment: the use of Cantonese classifiers and quantifiers by young British-born Chinese in Tyneside. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 4 (6), pp. 359-382. ISSN 1367-0050.

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    Abstract

    Cantonese data from a group of 34 British-born Chinese–English bilinguals, aged between 5 and 16 years, are examined to elucidate patterns of L1 development in an L2 environment. Based on tape-recorded conversations and narrative data, the analysis focuses on the use of two Cantonese morphosyntactic features, classifiers and quantifiers. Findings suggest that despite a slight positive correlation between age and Cantonese ability, there is evidence of delayed and stagnated L1 development. The children are shown to have difficulties with specific Cantonese classifiers and quantifiers, which may be attributed to incomplete language learning and L2 influence.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2012 10:22
    Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:23
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4889

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