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ERIC Number: ED119528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Pages: 17
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The Semantics and Syntax of the Causative Construction in English and South Asian Languages: Implications for Teaching English as a Second Language.
Kachru, Yamuna
In this paper, an attempt is made to explicate the notion "equivalence" in contrastive analysis. It has been suggested that a learner formulates successive hypotheses about the nature of the target language at least partially on the basis of his knowledge of the native language. A deep contrastive study of the two language systems will reveal the areas which need to be focused on in a teaching situation in order to discourage the learner from setting up "false" equivalences between the two systems, or rather, to lead him to set up valid equivalences. The paper advocates a view of contrastive analysis which is based on meaning rather than structure, and also takes into account areas such as pragmatics and conversational implicature in establishing equivalences. The method of such an analysis is illustrated by a detailed discussion of some of the properties of the causative constructions in English and selected South Asian languages. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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