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What are the Best Diagnostics for Telicity in Korean Learners’ English?

  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • 2019, 57(), pp.369-411
  • DOI : 10.21049/ccs.2019.57..369
  • Publisher : Center for Cross Culture Studies
  • Research Area : Humanities > Literature
  • Received : November 10, 2019
  • Accepted : December 3, 2019
  • Published : December 30, 2019

Choi, Jeungin 1 Kyungchul Chang 1

1부산대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to investigate how native English speakers and Korean learners of English interpret English verb phrase telicity, focusing on the telicity tests of English. Seventy Korean learners and twelve native speakers participated in this study. Experimental tasks were conducted for both native speakers and Korean learners (beginner and advanced). The results of this study showed how Korean learners and native speakers differentiate among English verb phrase telicity according to the telicity tests, and indicated that the actual (behavioral) interpretations of telicity are meaningfully influenced by the different types of telicity tests for Korean English learners. In particular, Korean learners who are in the beginner group had more difficulty in acquiring English verb phrase telicity by ‘in-for test’ and ‘aspectual interpretation task’. Also, the result showed how native speakers interpret English verb phrases depending on the type of telicity test. Discussion of the findings is compared to those of relevant studies for pedagogical implications and the directions of further studies.

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