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ERIC Number: ED354742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1015-2059
Quis Custodiet...? Errors in Guides to English Usage for Hong Kong Students.
Newbrook, Mark
Hongkong Papers in Linguistics and Language Teaching, v12 p63-76 Apr 1989
A discussion of guides to English usage intended for Hong Kong speakers of English as a Second Language offers general comments on such guides, often written in Chinese and less commonly written in English, and more specific comments on one guide, written in English. The latter guide was analyzed for errors and misleading information. A large number of errors was found, many of which reflected and reinforced an emerging local pseudo-standard of usage. Common problems found included: lack of clear rationale or consistency in the selection of entries; use of alphabetical sequence for entries; use of archaic or heavily literary style of English; recommendations for informal usage in formal contexts; usage that is unfamiliar to native speakers; combination of different usages in one entry; and proofreading and grammatical errors. Suggested explanations for the high error content include: limited exposure of the authors and proofreaders to natively-spoken English; overconfidence; cultural objections to proofreading; lack of interest in quality; and little attention paid to the guides by teachers. Production of such guides by native speakers of English is recommended. A brief bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong