ERIC Number: ED276280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Adaptation Processes in Chinese: Word Formation.
The typical pattern of Chinese word formation is to have native material adapt to changed circumstances. The Chinese language neither borrows nor lends words, but it does occasionally borrow concepts. The larger cultural pattern in which this occurs is that the Chinese culture borrows, if necessary, but ensures that the act of borrowing does not bring with it other aspects of the foreign culture, not even the name of the borrowed concept. When the Chinese borrow a Western concept, its foreign name must be stripped away, and it must be cleansed of all possible foreign influence and made Chinese in both form and character. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at a Conference on Vernacular Languages for Modern Societies (Bad Homburg, West Germany, June 11-15, 1985).