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Kirkpatrick, Andy – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 1993
Information sequencing in complex sentences, discourse, and text in modern standard Chinese (MSC) is the modifying-modified sequence. This principle contrasts with English, where main information appears at the beginning of the speech acts of requests. The contribution of this difference to cross-cultural misunderstanding is described. (Contains…
Descriptors: Chinese, Cognitive Processes, Communication Skills, Contrastive Linguistics