The Use of “Ná” and “Hold” Verbs by Bilingual PreSchool Children in Singapore
Yap, Ying Tong
Gao, Helena Hong
Date of Issue2016
17th Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop (CLSW2016)
College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Verb forms 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 corresponding actions. This study focuses on one particular type of hand action, namely, holding actions, to examine Singaporean bilingual preschoolers’ competencies in both English and Mandarin through their usage of holding verbs. Thirty bilingual children between the ages of 3 and 6 were recruited for the study. In the experiment of the study, we used the standard PPVT-IV pictures and self-selected pictures of different holding actions as stimulus and asked the children to describe the actions in English and Chinese. The results show that most of the children used the Mandarin word “ná” (拿) and the English word “hold” for almost all the scenarios of holding in the experiment.
© 2016 Springer International Publishing AG. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Chinese Lexical Semantics, Springer International Publishing AG. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49508-8_48].