Errors in L2-Chinese Orthography for L1-Japanese and L1-Korean Learners: A Corpus Study


Both Korea and Japan are countries within the Sinosphere. Nowadays, the use of sinograms in Korean has become increasingly rare, while they are still retained in Japanese. While previous studies have investigated L2-Chinese character errors separately for L1-Japanese and L1-Korean students at different levels of L2-Chinese proficiency, a direct comparison is needed to find out L1-specific differences given their differential preference in the use of sinograms. This study focuses on L1-Japanese and L1-Korean students at the intermediate level of Chinese language proficiency, which is considered the stage where the writing ability of international students is relatively stable. Individual Chinese characters were randomly selected and grouped into pre-established frequency bands A and B, with 60 characters in each band. Sentences containing target characters were extracted from Chinese continuous interlanguage corpus. Errors were classified into two types: orthographic errors (writing the wrong character), and substitution errors (writing a different character than intended). A total of 5007 sentences were analyzed. Results show that L1-Japanese learners tend to make more substitution errors for low-frequency words, indicating a potential influence of confusability from their larger inventory of sinograms.

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Kun Yu, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR

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Conference: ACEID2024
Stream: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)

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Yu K. (2024) Errors in L2-Chinese Orthography for L1-Japanese and L1-Korean Learners: A Corpus Study ISSN: 2189-101X – The Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2024 Official Conference Proceedings
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