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Frontiers in Educational Research, 2019, 2(9); doi: 10.25236/FER.2019.020917.

A Study on Different Cultural Connotations of the Animal Words between English and Chinese in Cultural Communication


Juxing Li

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Juxing Li

School of Journalism and New Media, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi'an Shaanxi 710049, China


In the long process of human history, animals have been keeping a close contact with human beings and have become an indispensable part of our daily life. As animals have different functions and play different roles in different societies of different countries, people may form different social feelings or attitudes towards them in their daily life. As a result, in different cultures, these animals and animal words may have different cultural connotations. Cultural differences exist in languages of all nations, and a good many animal words can reflect their own corresponding cultural connotations in a language especially in English and Chinese. However, due to the influence of different factors, such as history, religion and convention, animal words with different connotations may result in misunderstanding in communication. this thesis makes a comparative analysis of different cultural connotations about the animal words in English and Chinese for the purpose of helping English learners have a better understanding of the English culture, thereby reducing the conflict and misunderstanding in the cross-cultural communication.


Connotations; Animal Words; Cultural Communication

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Juxing Li. A Study on Different Cultural Connotations of the Animal Words between English and Chinese in Cultural Communication. Frontiers in Educational Research (2019) Vol. 2 Issue 9: 117-125. https://doi.org/10.25236/FER.2019.020917.


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