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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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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Who set the rules for testing strategies in exams?

In a reading exam, we have a passage and questions are asked about the passage. They can be open questions, multiple choice questions, concept-check questions, and so on. In a vocabulary exam, ...
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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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Is it necessary that your partner (wife/husband) have English proficiency, when you are going to study abroad? [closed]

I decided to go study Ph.D. in the United States. Is it necessary that my wife be good at English? I am expressly interested in legal and statutory requirements of English proficiency for a spouse if ...
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Can I use British English in an Australian conference paper?

I have written a peer-reviewed paper for an Australian academic conference. The reviews are favourable with a number of small and helpful suggestions. However, one reviewer has criticised the use of ...
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How to provide English translation of non-English words scattered in a thesis

I hope this is the right place to pose my question. I'm writing a thesis in English, but it's based on a project aimed to Italian native speakers (and so am I) and therefore I have often to refer to ...
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As an American, if I get a Master of Modern Languages in Italy, how hard would it be to get into an American PhD program?

As an American, if I get a Master of Modern Languages in Italy, how hard would it be to get into an American PhD program? My end goal is to be a professor of one or two languages at an American ...
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A student keeps using a native language while asking questions in the class when the course is taught in English

I am assisting a statistics course in a university, and my main job in the course is conducting problem solving sessions. The course is taught in English, and students interact with me in English. ...
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Cost efficient methods to lower language barrier for researchers without enough funding for publishing in peer-reviewed English journals?

Situation: we had many subjectively understandable articles in English. But they will never be published for the world in any peer-reviewed scientific journals. Why? Some reviewers seem very ...
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How can I provide proof that my paper has been proofread by a native speaker?

I have submitted my manuscript to a journal. After several weeks the editor sent me the comments of two reviewers. The editor said that "the authors should provide proof that the paper has been ...
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Applying for MS in CS - what are the programming languages I must know before starting graduate school?

I am an electrical engineer with basic programming skills in C, C++, Python and Java. I wish to pursue my masters in computer science to pursue research (PhD) after working for a couple of years in ...
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What is the best secondary language for an academic to know?

Let's say someone young (~PhD student stage, possibly earlier) wants to become a professor. He doesn't mind moving around and will go wherever the best offer is. He'll obviously need English, but he's ...
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Do non-native English speakers appreciate it when I carefully correct their English in peer reviews?

As a native English speaker, when I review papers I sometimes carefully go through the English and list my proposed changes, which adds a fair amount of time to the review process. The most extreme ...
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Using an English or French presentation to a French talk?

I'll be defending my Ph.D. this October. I submitted my dissertation in English and prepared an English presentation, but my supervisor along with the jury members surprised me by saying the defense ...
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Is it legal for me to write my thesis in my native English and have it translated to German at the end?

I am currently doing my master’s in German and need to start writing my thesis. Although I am already comfortable speaking the language, writing (especially academic papers) is not something I feel ...
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Writing the dedication in language different than the language of a thesis or a book

How is it received by the readers to see the dedication in, say, Chinese, while the entire other parts of the thesis or a book is in English? Would that annoy the readers who do not know the language ...
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What are good reasons to write my thesis in English?

I'm studying in Germany. German and English are not my native tongue, but I prefer to write my thesis in English for the following reasons: My English is better than my German (not a good reason). My ...
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Should I include non-English textbooks in the course?

This is set up in a Russian university with English as a working language, but may apply to any university with a large share of international students. Suppose I'm listing a set of course materials, ...
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Do language skills impair students' ability to assess their skill in other subjects?

I'm sure many of you have heard of the Dunning-Kruger effect which basically states that people with low skills in a given area tend to overestimate their skill level relative to the general ...
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What type of books to read to improve Academic English? [closed]

Are novels good type for that purpose?
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When did English come to lead in published research?

As any modern student knows, nearly all published research these days is in English. That's just the way of the world. But it didn't used to be that way. Many of the most pivotal pieces of scientific ...
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Where is the best place to refer to the system of transliteration in an article?

Following APA style, "if you are citing a work written in a non-Latin script (e.g., Chinese, Greek, Japanese, Russian), the reference must be transliterated into the English alphabet." Sometimes, for ...