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The French of Cantonese-Speaking Learners

The Case of Personal Pronouns



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The French of Cantonese-Speaking Learners by Tsz-Ling Elaine Lam
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This dissertation, "The French of Cantonese-speaking Learners: the Case of Personal Pronouns" by Tsz-ling, Elaine, Lam, 林芷玲, was obtained from The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong) and is being sold pursuant to Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License. The content of this dissertation has not been altered in any way. We have altered the formatting in order to facilitate the ease of printing and reading of the dissertation. All rights not granted by the above license are retained by the author. Abstract: Abstract of thesis entitled The French of Cantonese-Speaking Learners: The Case of Personal Pronouns submitted by Lam Tsz Ling, Elaine for the degree of Master of Arts at the University of Hong Kong in June 2003 This thesis explores how the French of Cantonese-speaking learners is affected by their first language, Cantonese and second language, English. Our focus is on the use of personal pronouns in comparison with Cantonese, English and French languages. Second Language Acquisition concepts like contrastive analysis, error analysis, interlanguage, language transfer and universal grammar are discussed. The introduction of those concepts is a way to understand the history of second language acquisition and the current status of SLA. A survey has also been conducted on three French native speakers and two Cantonese- speaking learners of French. The purpose is to understand the points of views from two different language-speaking groups of French. One of the main analyses is a study of grammatical errors by Cantonese-speaking learners of French. Generally speaking, the first language of Hong Kong students is Cantonese and the second language is English. The third language, French, is a special phenomenon mixed with the influence of Cantonese and English. Some grammatical errors that Cantonese-speakers make, are discussed and explained in detail in chapter four. The major theme of this dissertation is a comparison of the pronominal systems of Cantonese, English and French. We compare and contrast the personal pronouns of the three languages. Based on those linguistic differences, we point out the major pronominal errors committed by Cantonese-speaking learners of French. The final part of the thesis outlines the findings of the research we have made. A summary of all the chapters is made in the final conclusion. DOI: 10.5353/th_b2677690 Subjects: French language - Study and teaching - Cantonese speakersFrench language - Pronouns
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January 27th, 2017
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