ERIC Number: ED279163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov-23
Reference Count: 0
Punctuation Markers and CSL Reading Comprehension.
The graphemic and functional distribution of Chinese punctuation markers are outlined, and the implications of Chinese punctuation practices for second language instruction are discussed. Three kinds of Chinese punctuation markers are described: those graphically unique to Chinese, those written and used in the same manner in both Chinese and English systems, and those that are graphemically identical but are used differently. Special attention is given to the last category, potentially the most problematic for students of Chinese as a second language, and especially to the functional load and pedagogical value of commas in Chinese texts. If students are aware of the usage patterns, a major source of confusion can be overcome and students can learn to read Chinese more quickly, more efficiently, and with greater comprehension. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at a Meeting of the Chinese Language Teachers' Association (Dallas, TX, November 23, 1986).