ML  >> Vol. 5 No. 4 (November 2017)

    A Review of Transfer of Topic-Prominent Features in L1-Chinese Learners’ English Production

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话题突出主语突出特性迁移Topic-Prominent Subject-Prominent Feature Transfer



As it is universally acknowledged that Chinese is a topic-prominent language whereas English is a subject-prominent language, numerous differences lie between these two languages. Given the language typological disparity, L1-Chinese learners have a tendency to transfer topic-prominent features, manifesting as overuse of topic-comment constructions, existential constructions, zero anaphoras, pseudo passives and periphrastic constructions in their English productions. This ar-ticle firstly summarizes the theories about TP features and compares their cross-linguistic differences. Then the previous studies of the topic-prominent features in English as a second language are reviews and analyzed. However, there is no agreement in terms of which Chinese topic-prominent features will be transferred by the learners to English and the forms of corresponding structures in interlanguage are indeterminate. Besides, whether L1-Chinese learners will unlearn topic-prominent features, succeeding in approximating target language, is still under debate, and we make comments on previous studies concerning research contents and research methods. Finally, the current problems and the future researches in this field are figured out.

荣毅成. 中国学习者英语中话题突出特性迁移研究综述[J]. 现代语言学, 2017, 5(4): 293-301.


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