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Berry, Roger – Language Awareness, 2015
This paper looks at the continued survival of "myths" about English grammar, for example, the statement that in negative and interrogative sentences "any" should be used instead of "some". It is based on a survey of 195 Hong Kong students majoring in English, in five different cohorts, which found that such myths are…
Descriptors: Grammar, Misconceptions, Student Surveys, College Students
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Berry, Roger – Language Awareness, 2009
Two hundred and ninety-six English majors at universities in Poland, Austria and Hong Kong were given a 50-item questionnaire designed to evaluate their knowledge of grammatical terminology. The main aim was to identify whether the three populations were subject to differing "terminological cultures". This was found to be substantially…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Form Classes (Languages), Grammar, Foreign Countries
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Berry, Roger – Language Awareness, 2005
Metalanguage is a term that is increasingly to be found in the applied linguistic/language awareness literature. However, not all writers use it in the same way; some seem to be equating it with metalinguistic terminology. Tracing the term from its philosophical roots, this paper accepts a broader definition of metalanguage as "language about…
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Metalinguistics, Vocabulary
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Berry, Roger – Language Awareness, 2005
This paper investigates L2 English learners' reactions to mixed personality in a pedagogic grammar. Personality refers to how authors represent themselves in a text and interact with their readers (e.g. personally via the use of personal pronouns or impersonally via the use of the passive, etc.); mixed personality occurs when an author switches…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Form Classes (Languages), Grammar, English (Second Language)
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Berry, Roger – Language Awareness, 2004
This paper reports an investigation into the language used by writers of grammar of English and learners' awareness of it. Two key features of this genre are whether and how writers present themselves in the text ("personality") and whether and to what extent they qualify their statements via the use of modality. Two comparable texts, one from a…
Descriptors: Authors, Metalinguistics, College Students, English (Second Language)
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Berry, Roger – Language Awareness, 1997
Describes a study investigating the knowledge of metalinguistic terminology in college students in Hong Kong and compares this knowledge to their English teachers' estimation of that knowledge and desire to use such terminology. Findings reveal wide differences between learners in their knowledge of terminology and wide discrepancies between…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Students, Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language)