How do native Chinese speakers learning Japanese as a second language understand Japanese kanji homophones?

Katsuo Tamaoka, Sachiko Kiyama, Xiang Juan Chu

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Abstract

The present study investigated causal relations between lexical/grammatical knowledge and the ability to make homophonic distinctions among 170 native Chinese speakers learning Japanese as a second language (L2). The result of a structural equation modelling (SEM) analysis indicated that the ability to distinguish homophones depending on sentential context was strongly affected by grammatical knowledge, though not by lexical knowledge. Therefore, grammatical knowledge greatly assists Chinese learners of L2 Japanese to identify the specific homophone appropriate in a sentential context among multiple candidates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-46
Number of pages17
JournalWriting Systems Research
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chinese native speakers learning Japanese
  • Homophone
  • Japanese kanji

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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