Ball State University

Use of Transitional Words and Phrases in English and Chinese News Writing

Contrastive rhetoric has been used to examine the differences in languages. Studies have focused on apparent differences in Chinese and English. With a focus on news articles, this study examines transition words and phrases. From a random selection of articles in Chinese and English, the transition types are calculated to discover trends in the respective languages. The results suggest differences exist between the languages. Chinese focuses on information; English focuses on perspective.

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