Proceedings of the 2021 International Conference on Social Sciences and Big Data Application (ICSSBDA 2021)

A Corpus-Based Study on the Application of Connectives in Chinese College Students’ English Writing

Authors
Chunping Nan
Northeast Petroleum University, Daqing, China
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Corresponding Author
Chunping Nan
Available Online 17 December 2021.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.211216.014How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Corpus; English writing; Connectives; Non-English majors
Abstract

Making use of self-built corpus and retrieval software AntConc, this paper first makes a comparative analysis of the use of connectives by non-English majors in Northeast Petroleum University and English native college students, and then compares the use of connectives by these Chinese students in CET-4 simulated compositions in the previous year and the following year. The findings show that the students in Northeast Petroleum University have a strong awareness of using different kinds of connective words to help achieve the well cohesion of the article in its content, which is especially true in the use of connectives that express juxtaposition, causation, contrast, concession, and certainty. However, compared with British students, their frequency of using appositives and transitions is insufficient and the application of summary transitions is too frequent. Meanwhile, after a year of study, the students were most likely to use causal connectives and concessional connectives. There were a number of reasons why the number of connectives students used in their writing after one year had not been increased, but decreased. This study will be available for some enlightenment for college students’ English learning and teachers’ teaching in future.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 2021 International Conference on Social Sciences and Big Data Application (ICSSBDA 2021)
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
17 December 2021
ISBN
978-94-6239-487-2
ISSN
2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.211216.014How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2021 The Authors. Published by Atlantis Press SARL.
Open Access
This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC license.

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