Comparison of Temporal Conception between Chinese and English

Yujie Su


Chinese and English are of variant language systems, which account for some differences in their temporal concepts.
In terms of the temporal concepts EARLIER and LATER between Chinese and English, Vyvyan Evans and Melanie
Green came to a conclusion that English tend to view time on a horizontal axis while Chinese on a vertical axis. The
present research intends to obtain a more general and objective view of temporal difference across Chinese and
English, by referring to definitions and examples in Chinese and English dictionaries and doing a survey among
senior English majors in Wenzhou University.

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