Chinese-English Contrastive Grammar

An Introduction

David C. S. Li and Zoe Pei-sui Luk

Hong Kong University Press

Chinese-English Contrastive Grammar

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Pub Date: November 2017

ISBN: 9789888390861

160 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: November 2017

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Chinese-English Contrastive Grammar

An Introduction

David C. S. Li and Zoe Pei-sui Luk

Hong Kong University Press

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The main objective of Chinese-English Contrastive Grammar: An Introduction is to familiarize the reader with a subset of the learning difficulties and common errors in ESL/EFL pronunciation and lexico-grammatical structures encountered by Chinese learners and users of English in Hong Kong and beyond. It also helps readers understand some of the ways in which the Chinese language has undergone structural change as a result of Europeanization. The book begins with a review of Cantonese-English contrastive phonology, which is followed by a detailed analysis of lexico-grammatical deviations found among Chinese ESL/EFL learners. It concludes with a brief history of the Europeanization of the Chinese language and a discussion of commonly encountered lingua-cultural problems encountered by Chinese users of English in intercultural communication settings.

This book is written primarily for teachers and students specializing in language-related disciplines. Scholars who wish to understand the acquisitional challenges for Chinese students in the process of learning English as an additional language will also find the book an informative reference.

About the Author

David C. S. Li is a professor and head of the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Zoe Pei-sui Luk is an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies at the Education University of Hong Kong.