Chinese as a Foreign Language, Interlanguage and Acquisition
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Acquisition of Chinese as a second language (CSL or L2 Chinese) is a newly developed discipline that aims to study the process by which non-Chinese speakers learn Chinese as a second or foreign language. The language produced by CSL learners is interlanguage in CSL. According to Selinker’s interlanguage theory (Selinker 1972, Selinker et al. 1975), interlanguage is a separate ling…

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Suying YANG, “Chinese as a Foreign Language, Interlanguage and Acquisition”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 18 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2015

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