Date Thesis Awarded

7-2008

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)

Department

Linguistics

Advisor

Ann Reed

Committee Member

Xiao Wang

Committee Member

Katherine Kulick

Abstract

The first question focused on the use of morphological cues in the selection of classifiers by native English speakers. After studying Mandarin for a short while, learners become aware of some morphological cues that can often provide a clue to the meaning of a new word, and potentially help to predict the correct classifier. In addition to studying classifier selection by native English speakers, I studied whether foreign language learners could take advantage of classifiers heard in speech to determine what was being referenced. In other words, I tested English-speaking students learning Mandarin to determine if they were able to use familiar classifiers as a way to determine the referents of novel nouns.

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Comments

Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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