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A Comparison Between Word Formation in English and Chinese

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DOI: 10.25236/ICRTPE.2019.213


Xu Yuqing

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Xu Yuqing


This paper mainly deals with the comparison between word formation in English and Chinese. It compares word formation between the two different languages, focusing on compound words, derivations, abbreviations, loan words and new forms of network languages. Similarities and differences can be found through the comparison between these two languages. The paper comes to a conclusion that similar and different process of word formation existed in the two different writing systems, knowing the similarities and differences of word formation of these two languages will help native language learners understand their own languages better and will be especially meaningful for those English L2 learners and Chinese L2 learners.


Morphology; compound words; derivations; abbreviations; loan words; network forms