Pedagogical Applications of Chinese Parallel Corpora
Parallel corpora are a unique resource in language acquisition that enables learners to conceptualize a target language through the established schemas of their first language by providing parallel representations of text in two or more languages. Parallel corpora are defined as specialized translation corpora that consist of source texts in one language that are aligned with translation texts in one or more additional languages. The following chapter thoroughly explores the pedagogical application of parallel corpora in general, before taking an in-depth look at how English L1 beginning-level learners of Mandarin Chinese applied a Chinese–English parallel corpus. In addition to elucidating the specific observed outcomes of parallel corpora in this unique learning context, numerous parallel corpus resources are detailed with suggestions for pedagogical application, and an extensive review of potential further applications based on continued research in the field is enumerated and analyzed.
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