Chinese-English contrastive grammar: An introduction

Chor Shing David LI, Pei Sui Zoe LUK

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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. Copyright © 2017 Hong Kong University Press.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherHong Kong University Press
ISBN (Print)9789888390854, 9789888390861, 9888390856
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017


Li, D. C. S., & Luk, Z. P.-S. (2017). Chinese-English contrastive grammar: An introduction. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.


  • Alt. title: 《漢英對比語法導論》


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