The Contrastive Study of the Phenomena of Lexical Coincidence, Parallel and Gap between English and Chinese from Culture Respective

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Liu Meiyan



This paper discusses the phenomena of lexica] coincidence, parallel and gap between English and Chinese to awaken Chinese learners' awareness of the similarities and the differ­ences, especially the differences in word use between English and Chinese. The study will help Chinese learners with word-acquisition and shed light on word-choice in real life commu­nication to avoid communicative failures that are caused by literal transfer of Chinese words and expressions into English.

Key words : lexical coincidence, parallel and gap

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