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Develmental patterns of Korean EFL learners' English argument structure constructions

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Authors
Kim, Hyunwoo; Choi, Hyeyeon; Yang, Hyun-Kwon
Issue Date
2013-11
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd
Citation
Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences Vol.97, pp. 397-404
Keywords
사회과학construction grammarEnglish constructionssentence sortingL2 development
Abstract
The present study aims to explore developmental patterns of constructional knowledge of Korean EFL learners. The study asked120 Korean learners of English to carry out a sentence sorting and a translation task, and investigated how the participants atthree different proficiency levels use their constructional knowledge to comprehend English sentences. The results from thesorting task showed that the learners in the beginner group relied more heavily on verb-centered sorting than the learners in theintermediate group. The results from the translation task revealed that the L2 learners ability to comprehend complexconstructions is highly correlated with their proficiency in the target language. The study suggests that L2 learners' constructionalknowledge is acquired incrementally as their exposure to the target language extends, supporting one of the main premises of theusage-based approach to language and language acquisition.
ISSN
1877-0428
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/91070
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2013.10.251
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