Questions tagged [language]

Questions concerning the language (e.g., English, French, German, Chinese) of academic publications, presentations, transcripts, or other documents. For questions on style, use 'writing-style' instead.

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Can I mix & match languages, as it were?

Even though most of my papers are in German, not in English, there is always quite a lot of material and references in English, too. (My target audience is expected to speak it somewhat fluently, too.)...
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Can scientific research be accepted with grammatical errors?

I am an Arab, and I am not fluent in English, not even my mother tongue, and I am sure that my scientific research will have many serious linguistic errors. Can the magazine accept the research or ask ...
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How does Erasmus Programme work when the language of education is different?

How does an exchange student go to another country for a year when the language of education is different? Doesn't the exchange student attend any lecture or course during the visit? Except for ...
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How to respond to “unfair to write English” comments?

I teach mathematics and computing, for example, our department's discrete mathematics course. As is customary for that course, it's used as the first foray into formal mathematics, including a heavy ...
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Internship in Data Science in Germany [closed]

I am a 16 year old who is currently at an intermediate German level. I also have previous experience on working with data science - specifically, Bayesian statistics. I would like to do a summer ...
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First Language for the Application

I was applying for an academic research program and they wanted to know about my first language. I am confused about my first language because from childhood on, I used to speak English because ...
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How to learn the language writing requirements for a specific Journal before submitting a paper for reviewing [duplicate]

Recently I received this comment from an Elsevier editor "The manuscript does not reach the required quality standard of this journal.". Since then have been found some answers but also ...
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Has anyone had any experience with Editsprings? [closed]

I received the following email from a company called Editsprings: Dear Prof./Dr. XXX, It is our great honor to write you this email. Here is an invitation about working as a part-time editor from ...
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Does convoluted use of language negatively impact a work reviewed by a committee? [duplicate]

This question is a reformulation of a previous one that I deleted. I'll try to be more specific. I'm a student in the field of International Relations, a sub branch of the Political Sciences. Reading ...
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Is there any country that does not use English for publishing?

In my country, all the literature and medium of instruction, pertaining to research, is in English only. Due to less proficiency of earlier generations in English and several other linguistic reasons, ...
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Do undergrads need an Italian language certification to get into a master's program in Italy?

For international students, do applicants need to demonstrate Italian skills for most Master's programs (except of course the ones taught in English) in Italian universities?
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German linguistic requirements for an assistant professor (Juniorprofessur) in Germany [duplicate]

Officially, proficiency in the German language is not required for assistant professor positions. However, it is clear that the assistant professor is supposed to teach bachelor students (most ...
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Should I ask my professor giving a lecture to switch languages?

I am an international student in a German university. I have participated in an online seminar (in English),in which lecture notes are given. There are lectures in my university discussing the notes ...
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How should I style my German doctoral title in English documents?

I hold a Dr. rer. nat. title from the computer science institute at a German university. I am now writing a job application that I will send to a German organization, but since it has many ...
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Does it make sense to translate my bachelor's thesis?

I'm currently applying to several PhD programs in the STEM sector in Europe. Some universities invite me to submit my bachelor's thesis as an optional document for my application. I would like to do ...
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How to ensure adequate dissemination and wording of an academic job offer when the teaching language will not be English?

I work in an university where the teaching language is not English, but where research can be carried out in the language of choice of the director (which is generally English since most graduate ...
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Is it appropriate to reject a manuscript based on language (minor) issues after first review?

After 2nd round of review (R1) for almost 2 months, I received a sharp rejection letter for my manuscript (in biology) submitted in a certain journal for language-use concerns and formatting issues. ...
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In what language do scientists communicate with each other in European research institutions?

I was just wondering out of curiosity. Nothing relating to my own circumstances. In what language do scientists in facilities like the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (whose campuses are there ...
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Is there a more gender-neutral and specific term for “Underclassman”?

Yale has changed their language, but I don't see a clear alternative here. At this point, I think referring to students by their specific class years ( "First-Years and Sophomores" vs. "...
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How do conferences work for deaf scientists?

Watching various COVID-related briefings, I notice there is always a sign language interpreter. This is clearly necessary, yet thinking about all the conferences I've attended in the past, literally ...
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How to quote sources in multiple languages in a list of references with APA (and MLA)

The APA Manual of Style covers in detail the issues associated with translating references into other languages. However, it fails to give any answer to my question (just as any resources I have been ...
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Would language difficulties be considered a valid excuse for a poor masters performance when applying for a PhD?

I recently completed an M2 (second year of masters) in mathematics in a Paris university. I come from the UK, had never studied French until the summer directly before, and foolishly thought that ...
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Scanned detailed comments for a paper review

Sometimes I find my self reviewing papers with authors who are not very capable English writers. I am a non-native speaker myself, and I know how difficult it can be to proof-read a paper in English, ...
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What do people do after doing a Ph.D. in ESL/TESOL/TEFL?

A lot of universities are providing Ph.D. in English language teaching: 1. York University, UK 2. University of Cyprus, Cyprus 3. NYU, USA 4. University of British Columbia, Canada 5. ... ... ... ...
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Using “standard” literature in local language instead of English literature

I'm currently working on a paper where I want to compare UML with a "leaner" approach of modelling software architecture. UML already has some coverage by writers (besides the open specification), and ...
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Is there benefit to publishing the abstract of an English article in multiple languages?

I noted from a previous paper I worked on, that when it was published an abstract was included in Spanish as well as English (https://bjssjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/bjs.11422 and ...
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Can I write the language specific summary of my thesis in dialect?

My mother tongue is Dutch and I'm writing my thesis in English. I am required to write a summary both in English and my own language, Dutch. Would it be ok to write the Dutch summary in a dialect? ...
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Using an abbreviation of another language in the abstract

I'm writing the abstract of my bachelor’s thesis and need to refer to a German research project. The abbreviation of it refers to a German spelling – so I can’t write it out. The English translation ...
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How to work with an article in a foreign language?

After some digging, I found this article from 1969 which was referenced by an earlier publication I was interested in. Unfortunately, it is in Russian, is 13 pages long, and I know of no translation. ...
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How do I refer to myself in a postdoc application research proposal?

I'm writing up a STEM postdoc application and the major component is a lengthy research proposal. I'd like to speak to my specific strengths in the area and provide examples (some of which may not ...
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Does getting a PhD in a language 'L' from a non-'L' country have any drawback in case of academia? [closed]

It is a common belief that "if you want to learn/study English, you must go to an Anglophone country." This belief is compounded by the fact that English teaching franchises are constantly advertising ...
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What language should my poster for a national convention be?

I will present work of mine in form of a poster on a national convention/congress/conference in my broader (STEM-related) field. A manuscript has already been submitted by me, in english. Manuscripts ...
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How would native english speakers do in a Proficiency exam? [closed]

Everyday I get more surprised about the native language level of people. It looks like the habit of everyday talking tends to negatively bias their language level. I’ve seen around some similar ...
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Does knowing the language of the country of a prospective institution influence admission chances?

This question applies to universities in the Netherlands If a given programme at an institution is being taught in English in full, would I be right in assuming that two otherwise identical ...
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Are foreign language requirements beneficial for Physics, Math and Chemistry PhD students in North America?

Senior readers will recall that in North America (USA/Canada) it was required to show a reading knowledge of another language besides English in order to complete the academic requirements for a PhD ...
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How to deal with a research internship manager with very bad English?

I am a computer science student in a research internship. My superior is technically a professor, but I work with a PhD student. My goal is to help them run experiments to finish their thesis. They ...
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Can a person become a professor in English without having a Bachelor degree in English?

Some universities allow students to get enrolled in English studies without having a Bachelor degree in English. If someone completes an MA and PhD without a Bachelor, can that person become a ...
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Citing articles in a Language I don't understand [duplicate]

I'm writing the thesis for my master degree, some of the very very old articles I have to cite are in a foreign language I don't understand (usually German and French). Most of them have been ...
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How do I protect my research algorithm and findings from being infringed or stolen by anyone, including a professor of mine?

I have been working on an NLP project (Natural Language Processing) regarding a variety of Arabic. I had to observe and look for patterns and rules in this variety as the resources are almost absent ...
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Should I simplify my writing in a foreign country?

As a native English speaker studying in the Netherlands, I often find myself writing (not published) English papers for a Dutch audience, and I worry I'm alienating my superiors with my writing. I ...
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As an international instructor, should I openly talk about my accent?

I'm an international, teaching at an American university, and I have an accent, which can be strong at times. I'm working hard at it, have always been, but still, the accent is there. This has never ...
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The use of phrase “per se” in academic writing

Using expressions from Latin is a common theme in academia. Expressions like in/ex vivo, in vitro or in situ are very common in biomedical articles, since they are very concise way of expressing some ...
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How to write papers efficiently when English isn't my first language?

I am a PhD student from China. I can read papers relatively fast and get the main point. The problem is that I cannot write efficiently. I don't know how to express myself or I forget the appropriate ...
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Is there any reliable website other than google translate to translate from Chinese to English? [closed]

So I have come across a paper that will highly beneficial to me and my research group ,but the problem its in chinese and it heavily involves chemical formulas and mathematical data,so its hard to ...
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Figures in foreign language

I am currently writing my master's thesis in English in Germany. One of the sources I found has a relevant figure that I would like to show and properly cite in my thesis, however this figure is in ...
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How to speak fluent English being a mathematics teacher? [closed]

I am an assistant professor of mathematics (and pursuing in service Ph.D in mathematics ) a non native English speaker. I was not bad at English during my school days. Gradually, my effeciancy in ...
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How to pronounce SCImago?

My mother language is not English and I am not sure how I should pronounce in fron of my students the word "SCImago" for journal & country rank by Scopus at https://www.scimagojr.com.
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Does use of computer translation as an aide when writing a paper require a citation or disclosure?

Related (not duplicates): Is it appropriate to cite a paper in a language I don't understand? Would it be ethical to hire a proofreader for theses and academic articles? One of the things that I ...
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Is it appropriate to cite a paper in a language I don't understand?

Some months back I got into a situation where a paper with information that I considered important to prove a point was in a language I cannot understand. Since it was important but not crucial, I ...
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Publishing a monograph in two languages

I have published an academic monograph in Spanish based on my dissertation with a university press in Spain. I have reworked the book since then and translated it into English, would it be dishonest ...

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