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    Default Can't remember the linguistics/educational term to describe this situation.

    Hi,

    There is a term I learned in credential school that I cannot remember but would like to. It describes the tendency to translate certain things certain ways from one language to another. For instance, in Japanese mass nouns (from what I understand) are the norm, so oftentimes when Japanese people speak English, they have a tendency to drop the article in front of singular count nouns. The term describes this tendency.

    Does anyone know what it is?


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    Default Re: Can't remember the linguistics/educational term to describe this situation.

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    Interlingual? There's other more specific terms, probably. You may have to dig through a linguistics glossary.

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    Default Re: Can't remember the linguistics/educational term to describe this situation.

    Quote Originally Posted by donnach View Post
    Hi,

    There is a term I learned in credential school that I cannot remember but would like to. It describes the tendency to translate certain things certain ways from one language to another. For instance, in Japanese mass nouns (from what I understand) are the norm, so oftentimes when Japanese people speak English, they have a tendency to drop the article in front of singular count nouns. The term describes this tendency.

    Does anyone know what it is?


    Thanks,

    Donna

    It sounds like it might be linguistic interference, however I am not sure.

    Language transfer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Not a teacher.
    Not a linguist either!

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    Default Re: Can't remember the linguistics/educational term to describe this situation.

    Thanks for the link.

    That was interesting.

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    Default Re: Can't remember the linguistics/educational term to describe this situation.

    Is it just me, or can you hear an echo in here? http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...tml#post747790

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    Last edited by BobK; 12-May-2011 at 12:01. Reason: Fix typo

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    Default Re: Can't remember the linguistics/educational term to describe this situation.

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Is it just me, or can you hear an eco in here? http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...tml#post747790

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    Why ask twice?

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    Default Re: Can't remember the linguistics/educational term to describe this situation.

    Sorry, linguists are such rare animals, wasn't sure if I'd get much of a response here. And it was driving me bonkers that I couldn't think of the term. Time was of the essence.

    Thanks. :)

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    Default Re: Can't remember the linguistics/educational term to describe this situation.

    I think it's called either "the pidgin" or "creole" or "lingua franca"

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    Default Re: Can't remember the linguistics/educational term to describe this situation.

    Quote Originally Posted by cawatawa View Post
    I think it's called either "the pidgin" or "creole" or "lingua franca"
    No. They are different things.

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