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Japanese verb-form transformation by early second-language learners

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dc.contributor.author Steffanick, Adam
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-26T16:15:52Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-26T16:15:52Z
dc.date.copyright 2010 en
dc.date.issued 2010-08-26T16:15:52Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/2974
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores ways in which 12 learners of Japanese as a foreign language transform morphologically complex verbs taught as whole words. Written data, collected via a grammar test, and oral data, collected via think-aloud protocols, were used to explore verb-form transformation to the gerund (-te) form. These data were analysed to determine processes participants utilised during derivations. Resulting data indicate participants (1) are largely unaware of morphology, (2) cannot identify consonant-final verb-roots, (3) focus on verb-final characters during categorisation, (4) derive the gerund using prior knowledge – generally grammar rules, (5) link to vocabulary, morphological, phonological, and grammar knowledge during derivations, and (6) differ in performance as measured by the grammar test through utilising types of knowledge differently and in combinations. This implies current pedagogy may not heed learning preferences of learners. This thesis identifies types of knowledge involved during verb transformation tasks and suggests research into task-appropriate lessons. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject second-language acquisition en
dc.subject verb-form en
dc.subject conjugation en
dc.subject Japanese en
dc.subject strategy en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Language::Linguistics en
dc.title Japanese verb-form transformation by early second-language learners en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Huang, Li-Shih
dc.degree.department Dept. of Linguistics en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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