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    • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Lang. Lit. Linguist.
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IJLLL 2022 Vol.8(3): 198-203 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2022.8.3.348

The Acquisition of English Articles by Chinese Learners

Lijia Xiong

Abstract—English articles pose a lot of problems even after years of L2 English exposure and learning. The question is why it is so difficult to acquire these elements when a learner does not have them in their native language. This question points to a deeper reason that involves looking into the structure of L1 and L2 and understanding their differences. In this paper, we focus on Chinese learners of English, where Chinese is a language without articles. In order to find out more about the differences in the structure of the grammar between the elementary and advanced learners, we conducted a simple empirical study using a close test. The results show that there are differences between article use among elementary and advanced learners, and that advanced learners were more target-like in their article use than the elementary learners.

Index Terms—Chinese speakers, English articles, second language acquisition, UG access.

Lijia Xiong is with Applied Foreign Languages Department, New Sorbo nne University Paris 3, France (e-mail: lijia.xiong@sorbonne-nouvelle.fr).


Cite:Lijia Xiong, "The Acquisition of English Articles by Chinese Learners," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 198-203, 2022.

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