The authors of this study looked at 49 samples of English writing from 14 Chinese students enrolled in College ESL. Adverbial placements were recorded, categorized, and analyzed. Although some types of adverbials have different positioning in Chinese than in English, the authors found that this was not a primary factor in the students’ English writing. Students greatly favored sentence-initial and post-verbal placement of adverbs and made extensive use of modality adverbs. Reasons for their placements and usage are possibly: ease of transfer, explicit instruction, and a perception of prestige.
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Zhang, Borui and Koller, Theresa
"Adverbial Phrase Placements in L1-Chinese ESL Learners' Writing,"
Linguistic Portfolios: Vol. 4
, Article 9.
Available at: http://repository.stcloudstate.edu/stcloud_ling/vol4/iss1/9