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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do repositories of translated papers exist?

I've recently been told to read an article for my research, but do not speak the language it is written in ("Drei Vorträge über Diffusion, Brownsche Molekularbewegung und Koagulation von ...
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Submitting to a journal that requires a French abstract as a non-French-speaker: how important is the French abstract?

I'm a non-French-speaking mathematician submitting an English paper to a French journal that requires a French abstract (but publishes papers in English). I don't think I know anyone I'd be ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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How should I interpret "English is poor" review when I used a language check service before submission?

Recently I submitted a manuscript to an international journal. It was accepted with a minor revision, but I am worried about the reviewers’ comments. The first reviewer commented that the paper is ...
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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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There is a language/cultural barrier between me and my supervisor, what can I do to improve this situation?

I am a PhD candidate at a university in Germany. My supervisor, along with all of my colleagues, are German. I am a native English speaker, hired for a position that does not require German. However, ...
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Practice for publications in foreign language

I'm an assistant professor in a non-English country. I work in control system and signal processing. I write publications in my native language. But I want to get experience in publications in ...
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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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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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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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Is knowledge of foreign languages per se helpful for graduate applications?

Would this be considered at all, or is this not even important? I am not talking about fields which have these foreign languages as their object of study, or where it is obvious that the language ...
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When translating papers from non-English to English, should the sources be translated to English as well?

When translating research papers from Arabic to English, should I translate the Arabic sources (book titles, etc.) to English, or should I leave them in Arabic?
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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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In what tense (present/past) should papers be written?

That is, should it be present tense or past tense? Should there be a difference between the abstract, main body and the conclusion? Does the field of publication have any impact?
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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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How should references in non-Latin script language be treated in English paper?

Let's say I want to cite a Russian text in my own paper which is written in English. Should I: reference it as is, in the original Cyrillic alphabet, although the readers won't be able even to ...
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How should I handle poor English in reviewing an article that claims to be proofread by two native English speakers?

I was asked to review an article written by non-native English speakers. I had never seen this before, but the manuscript includes a link to a certificate from a website called Textcheck that says: ...
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What should I do if the lab I am studying at uses a language that I do not understand?

The lab I am studying at is using a language which I completely do not understand at the current time. Almost all of the discussions and presentations are in this language. Sometimes the lab members ...
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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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Is it possible to study in China without knowing Chinese?

Is it possible to enroll into and complete a graduate school in China while having only English language skills, without speaking Chinese at all? In particular, I am interested in (theoretical) ...
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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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Resources on how to overcome writer's block, especially for non-native English speakers?

One of the issues we have at my English-language institute is the problem of getting our doctoral students to write papers in English. For some, writing isn't a big challenge. For others, however, the ...
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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 ...
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How do admission committees in US grad schools avoid a 'Native Speaker Bias' in evaluating recommendation letters?

For the first time (I am a relatively junior professor), a student has asked me to write a letter of recommendation for him for graduate school application in the US. I was glad to do so, as he is an ...
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Exemption from language requirements for MSc?

My friend found a MSc program in Germany whose professors guaranteed to him full English courses plus they would let him write his thesis in English. However, the admission office at the University ...
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A bibliography with entries in several scripts

How should a bibliography cite works titled in several scripts? Up to now I've been putting all titles into a single list, in the original scripts and in the alphabetical order informed by their ...
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Acronyms at the start of a sentence

I was wondering if there was a rule regarding the use of acronyms at the start of the sentence in Journal Papers. If so, is there a difference between the state of use of that acronym (i.e., whether ...