Chinese neologisms

Authored by: Zhuo Jing-Schmidt , Shu-Kai Hsieh

The Routledge Handbook of Chinese Applied Linguistics

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138650732
eBook ISBN: 9781315625157
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Human societies change over time. When new ideas, new tools, new institutions, new knowledge and new ways of life arise, they bring forth new words – neologisms. This chapter begins with an overview of research on the major waves of neologisms in the history of Chinese, followed by a review of recent work on the conventionalization measures of neologisms and the computational modelling of semantic change involved in neologisms, and concludes with suggestions for future directions.

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