dc.contributor.authorYap, Ying Tong
dc.description.abstractVerbs are a major category of lexicon in any language. As our daily actions consist of mostly hand actions, it is important for bilingual speakers to be able to use different specific hand action verbs to describe the actions. This study will focus on one particular type of hand action, namely, holding action, to examine Singaporean bilingual preschool children’s and high school students' competencies in using holding verbs in both English and Chinese language. It is an empirical study. Experiments are designed with different holding actions as the stimuli for the participants to decide what verbs to use to describe them. A minimum of thirty bilingual children between the ages of 3 and 6 as well as one hundred high school children between the ages of 12 and 15 will be recruited for the study. The first criterion for the selection will be that they are Singaporeans who are using both English and Chinese on a daily basis. Other criteria will be set as well. The objectives of this proposed study are to compare the holding action verbs in Chinese and English for the purpose of examining the Singaporean bilingual children's and students’ language competence in both languages and to explore the factors that may be the causes for bilingual children to use holding action verbs appropriately in both languages. The results of such a study can help language teachers to find strategies to let students understand how different the two languages are in terms of holding action verbs and why some of the verbs are easy to learn and others are not. Specific teaching strategies can be also decided based on the findings of such a study. Keywords: Chinese, English, holding action verb, bilingual, language acquisitionen_US
dc.format.extent52 p.en_US
dc.rightsNanyang Technological University
dc.title新加坡中英双语儿童和初中生对于 “拿”类手部动作动词的使用情况研究 = A study of the application of “Na” hand action verbs by English-Chinese bilingual children and high-school students in Singaporeen_US
dc.typeFinal Year Project (FYP)en_US
dc.contributor.supervisorHelena Gao Hong (HSS)en_US
dc.contributor.schoolCollege of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciencesen_US

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