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ERIC Number: ED347820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Analysis of Language Transfers from Thai to English in Three Types of Discourse: Explanatory, Descriptive and Persuasive.
Wongsothorn, Achara
PASAA: Journal of Language Teaching and Learning in Thailand, spec iss p83-87 Jun 1983
A study on language transfer phenomenon from Thai to English is reported. The purposes of the study were to: (1) analyze the transfers from Thai to English caused by linguistic (syntax, lexis, meaning), organizational (sequence of development), style (genre, tone), and field (topic, function) factors; (2) compare the language transfers in descriptive, explanatory, and persuasive types of discourse; and (3) map patterns of transfers for application purposes. Data were collected from 15 English major students from Chulalongkorn University (Thailand) who translated Thai passages into English that illustrated the three types of discourse. It was found that the students were more successful with explanatory discourse than with descriptive or persuasive discourse. Weaknesses indicated a tendency to translate word-by-word rather than by meaning. It is concluded that criteria for successful translation are compound bilingualism and knowledge and interpretive skills of all language registers in the native language. Contains 4 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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