Social Motivation for the Emergence of New Terms in Modern Chinese Language

Hongzhi Wu


This paper attempts to discuss social motivation for the emergence of new terms in modern Chinese language from six perspectives. They are social development, foreign influence, social stratification, the change of values, the organic whole of media and the growth of specialized knowledge as well as people’s life style, and “???”. Linguistic motivation is also discussed briefly as the complementary reason for this language phenomenon.

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

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