Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Contemporary Education, Social Sciences and Humanities (ICCESSH 2019)

A Corpus-based Study of Verb-noun Collocation Errors in Chinese Non-English Majors' Writings

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Qiongqiong Zou
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Available Online July 2019.
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https://doi.org/10.2991/iccessh-19.2019.188How to use a DOI?
Keywords
verb-noun collocation errors; Chinese non-English majors; first language transfer; corpus
Abstract
Based on the sub-corpora ST3 and ST4 of Chinese Learner English Corpus, this study seeks to investigate the collocation errors made by Chinese non-English majors. The distribution of all six types of collocation errors indicates that Chinese EFL learners have the most difficulty in producing verb-noun collocations. A further qualitative analysis of these verb-noun collocation errors reveals that most verbs and nouns with high rate of collocation errors are those most frequently used ones and that these verb-noun collocation errors can be attributed to various factors, such as first language transfer, misuse of synonyms, overgeneralization and unfamiliarity with semantic prosody. In the light of these findings, some tentative suggestions have been put forward for the teaching and learning of English collocation in China.
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