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ERIC Number: ED394284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Usage of Subordinating Conjunctions by University of Aizu Freshman Students: A Pilot Study.
Izzo, John
University of Aizu Center for Language 1994 Annual Review, p37-42 Mar 95
A study examined patterns of English usage in 52 Japanese university freshmen's written compositions, particularly in the use of the subordinating conjunction "because." It was found that students often fragmented sentences when "because" was involved, or used a comma to separate a trailing dependent "because" clause from the independent sentence. The conjunction "when" was found to be used almost as much as "because," but was misused far less. It is suggested that the "because" errors may derive from students' experience in being asked "why" question in conversational English instruction or popular English language reference materials and may not understand the different expectations for oral and written replies. Additional problems identified were excessive use of coordinating conjunctions to start simple sentences and spelling errors apparently associated with Japanese pronunciation of English vocabulary. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers: Japan; University of Aizu (Japan)