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Rhetoric: A Tale of Two Cultures


Yue, Y, Rhetoric: A Tale of Two Cultures, International Journal of Language, Culture and Society, 2009, (28) pp. 92-99. ISSN 1327-774X (2009) [Refereed Article]


Writing is a complex process that transforms writers’ thought into texts. Proficiency in writing is always one of essential purposes in language learning. However, mastering grammatical rules and sociolinguistic competence is not enough in language learning, particularly in an academic discourse. Foreign language teaching tends to focus on grammatical aspects of writing. However it is very difficult for foreign language learners to express their thought in completely unfamiliar rhetoric style. Therefore, contrastive rhetoric has an important role in applied linguistics. The paper initially discusses the two related concepts rhetoric and contrastive rhetoric, and then analyzes the differences between Chinese and English in key rhetoric aspects such as structure of composition, individualism vs. collectivism, logical thinking vs. imagery thinking and the responsibility of writers and readers. Finally, it examines the implications of contrastive rhetoric in foreign language teaching and intercultural awareness

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Rhetoric, contrastive rhetoric, Chinese rhetoric, English rhetoric, TESOL
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Linguistics
Research Field:Sociolinguistics
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Communication across languages and culture
UTAS Author:Yue, Y (Dr Yun Yue)
ID Code:60533
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2010-02-10
Last Modified:2010-03-29

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