A Corpus-Based Contrastive Study on Semantic Prosody of the Noun “Issue” in CLEC and COCA
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Semantic prosody
Corpus-based analysis
Contrastive interlanguage analysis



Submitted : 2022-03-29
Accepted : 2022-04-13
Published : 2022-04-28


The study of semantic prosody has gradually become a focus of research in linguistics. By retrieving and comparing the noun “issue” in CLEC (Chinese Learner English Corpus) and COCA (Corpus of Contemporary American English), this paper intends to explore the similarities and difficulties on the semantic prosody of the noun “issue” between Chinese English learners and Americans.


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