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Present Perfect in English Textbooks: A Contrastive Analysis of English and Croatian Textbooks


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Paić, Sunčica. (2019). Present Perfect in English Textbooks: A Contrastive Analysis of English and Croatian Textbooks. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Žic Fuchs, Milena and Grubišić, Marina].

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Understanding the category of present perfect can be quite difficult for the Croatian EFL students due to its very complex nature. Therefore, the role of textbooks is to enable students to get a better insight into the layers of meaning of present perfect. However, it seems that many textbooks fail at this task as the authors themselves disagree about different interpretations of present perfect. Of course, this disagreement is not that much surprising as its origins can be found in the differences between the traditional grammars and those more contemporary ones. Hence, establishing a unique and a more simplified meaning that would cover all the similarities and differences within the category is considered to be quite challenging. Following the analysis of present perfect as provided by Žic Fuchs (2009) in her book Kognitivna lingvistika i jezične strukture: engleski present perfect, the main goal of this paper is to investigate the ways in which present perfect has been represented in 36 English and Croatian textbooks, and furthermore, to analyze them according to the author’s definition of present perfect as a complex network of four conventionalized meanings. The first part of the paper is dedicated to the theoretical explanations of present perfect. The following chapters will demonstrate how tense and aspect have been defined and their role in the understanding of present perfect. The second part of the paper involves a research study. The main goal is to analyze the textbooks and to determine the advantages and disadvantages of the representations of present perfect by contrasting them with the author’s theory. The research study will be followed by a conclusion in which all the results of the analysis will be presented.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Žic Fuchs, Milena and Grubišić, Marina
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2019 12:44
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 12:44

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