DOI: 10.5176/2251-3566_L317.91

Authors: Yanjun Xie

Abstract: This paper presents a comprehensible analysis of Chinese annual catchwords formation based on fifty network catchwords from 2011 to 2015 from the perspective of semantics, homophony, abbreviation, Internet-related morpheme and borrowed words. The results show that semantic formation is the major way of catchwords formation. Bi-syllable and tri-syllable catchwords, as well as catchwords from political and economic areas are increasing in recent years.

Keywords: catchwords; word formation; new tendency

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