Application and Normalization of Lettered Words in Chinese Character System

Xinrong Xia


Lettered word is a new form of loanword. It is the outcome of information share, science and technology communication as well as cultural integration. The paper classifies lettered words in Chinese character system and points out that English lettered words and Chinese characters differ greatly in their language origin and form. Therefore, lettered words have an unprecedented effect on Chinese lexical system from the aspects of writing form, phonological system, model of meaning expression and word formation. The generally accepted idea is that the use of lettered words should be normalized on the premises of the recognition of lettered words in Chinese lexicon. Finally, the paper puts forward flexible normalization for the absorption of lettered words with an emphasis on the guidance of mass media and dictionary compilation.

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Asian Social Science   ISSN 1911-2017 (Print)   ISSN 1911-2025 (Online)

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