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Title: Modality in computer science text
Authors: Ng, Irene Wai-Yee
Lam, Pansy Mi-ying
Keywords: Modality
Computer science text
Academic writing
Modal verbs
Issue Date: 1994
Citation: Proceedings joint seminar on corpus linguistics and lexicology, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, 19-22 June, 1993, Language Centre, HKUST, Hong Kong, 1994, p. 82-88
Abstract: Modality is a common problem area for non-native speakers of English, and misuse and/or overuse of modals is quite prevalent in the academic writing of tertiary-level students in Hong Kong. This study attempts to address the specific language needs of Computer Science undergraduates at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with respect to the use of modal verbs.
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