Chinese Conjunctions in Second Language Learners’ Written Texts

Jia Fei Hong*

*Corresponding author for this work

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In Chinese texts, cohesion refers to grammatical or lexical relationships within sentences and texts. Through these relationships, a series of sentences are connected to form unified texts that are intelligible and meaningful. Various studies have found that cohesion is a crucial factor in readability and reading comprehension, and thus have maintained that cohesion in a text influences comprehension [1]. Among the recent studies on Chinese readability [2–5], most have overlooked the function of discourse connectives for better reading comprehension. In this study, five Chinese conjunction types taken from a Chinese Written Corpus (CWC) were analyzed to determine their semantic features and structures and the reasons for learners’ usage errors. The results of this study will contribute to the development of teaching Chinese writing by using Chinese conjunctions to improve learners’ writing abilities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Lexical Semantics - 18th Workshop, CLSW 2017, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsYunfang Wu, Qi Su, Jia-Fei Hong
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783319735726
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event18th Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2017 - Leshan, China
Duration: 2017 May 182017 May 20

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10709 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference18th Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2017


  • Chinese conjunctions
  • Semantic features
  • Semantic structures
  • Teaching Chinese writing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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