Abstract

This study was designed to evaluate the correlation between participants' acquisition of feminine Chinese speech patterns and time lived in Chinese speaking areas. These patterns include final particles, key words, request words, sentence patterns, and intonation. Data collection was administered through an on-line survey. Participants in this study included twenty female native Mandarin Chinese speakers and 39 female CFL learners. The data collected revealed the correlation between the participants' acquisition of feminine Chinese speech patterns and time spent abroad in a Chinese language environment. Part one of the survey targeted the demographics of the participants. The second part of the survey contained five scenarios that allowed the participants to reveal their reactions to different situations. These groups were separated by the amount of time spent abroad and then analyzed according to these parameters.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Humanities; Center for Language Studies

Rights

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Date Submitted

2009-06-01

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd2940

Keywords

Chinese, gender, CFL learners, second language acquisition

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