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A Study on Types of Abbreviated Chinese Vogue Words Appeared Online

  • 인문논총
  • 2015, 38(), pp.123-142
  • Publisher : Institute for Human studies, Kyungnam University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Published : October 31, 2015

Kim, Hyun tae 1

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ABSTRACT

Since the internet and the smart devices were widespread, the world has extremely rapidly changed. According to a report of China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) in December 2014, the Internet penetration rate in China is 47.9% with 649 million subscribers. This has made people tend to pursue smaller, faster and simpler things. This has also had substantial influence on the use of language and led to a rapid increase of abbreviations. The increased use of abbreviations is worthy of notice because not only this phenomenon means increase in mere vocabulary or temporary vogue words, but also abbreviating method offers a core tool of word formation that expands vocabulary. This article examined the types and characteristics of new abbreviated Chinese vogue words appeared online by classifying them into 'Abbreviations based on Chinese character,' 'Abbreviations based on Chinese phonetic alphabets(Chinese Pinyin)' and ‘Numerical abbreviations'. In addition, it examined the causes of frequent appearance and popularity of the abbreviations and a possible future tendency in both positive and negative aspects.

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