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ERIC Number: ED461992
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Chinese Interference in English Writing: Cultural and Linguistic Differences.
Yang, Yi
This paper discusses one Chinese graduate student's experience with English writing. Through a literature review and personal interviews with other Chinese students, the paper explores the differences between Chinese and English writing. It summarizes the literature on differences between Chinese and English writing conventions in ideological and rhetorical phases, analyzing grammatical differences. Next, it discusses cultural differences, explaining that Chinese students are accustomed to using slogan-like wording and conforming with the political and academic mainstream rather than challenging authority. They are accustomed to casually using idioms, proverbs, or citings from famous people or writings rather than citing their sources. Chinese discourse development is indirect, while English discourse development is linear and direct. Chinese writing does not require a conclusion, because the conclusion is assumed from the many examples given. Writing in English requires an explicit conclusion, no matter how self-evident it is. Chinese students need to foster a new personal identity that is balanced with the old identity when writing in English. They must learn to analyze a problem from a personal point of view, use English rhetorical conventions, and use official citations. The paper examines some of the typical linguistic differences between Chinese and English which are prevalent in Chinese students' writing, analyzing the grammatical errors caused by these differences. The differences are in the areas of word inflections, modifiers, verbs, and commas. (Contains 15 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China