Comprehension of temporal and duplicative movement onomatopoeia by native Chinese speakers learning Japanese

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  • 中国人日本語学習者による動作の一時性および重複性を示すオノマトペの理解
  • チュウゴクジン ニホンゴ ガクシュウシャ ニ ヨル ドウサ ノ イチジセイ オヨビ チョウフクセイ オ シメス オノマトペ ノ リカイ

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The present study investigated the comprehension of temporal and duplicative movement onomatopoeia by native Chinese speakers learning Japanese (N=83). The onomatopoeia comprehension test consists of 12 questions divided into two types of onomatopoeia, temporality and duplicative movements, and three types of co-occurrence verb (suru-verb, transitive verb and intransitive verb). Based on a Japanese lexical knowledge test, 83 learners were divided into two groups of a lower/higher lexical knowledge. A classification tree analysis was utilized to predict the accuracy of onomatopoeia understanding according to three independent variables, (1) lower higher lexical knowledge groups, (2) three types of co-occurrence verb, and (3) two kinds of onomatopoeia. The result indicated that lexical knowledge significantly contributed to understanding of duplicative movement onomatopoeia whereas comprehension of temporal movement onomatopoeia varied depending on the type of co-occurrence verb. Differing from duplicative movement onomatopoeia, temporal movement onomatopoeia showed interaction of the types of co-occurrence verbs and learners' lexical knowledge.

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  • ことばの科学

    ことばの科学 35 87-102, 2021-12-25

    名古屋大学言語文化研究会

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