Article published in:The Hard Work–Entertainment Continuum: Teaching Asian languages in Australia
Edited by Andy Kirkpatrick, Yong Zhong and Helen Kirkpatrick
[Australian Review of Applied Linguistics. Series S 12] 1995
► pp. 203–228
Handling neologisms in teaching and learning modern standard Chinese
This article examines neologisms coined in Modern Standard Chinese since 1978, and particularly since the mid 1980’s. The neologisms discussed were collected during recent fieldwork in Beijing: through spoken interviews, from the media, and from recent secondary sources. The article focuses on three main strategies that can be used to handle neologisms in teaching and learning Modern Standard Chinese: analysing the methods whereby recent neologisms have been formed; identifying the most common initial and concluding elements in recent neologisms; and considering the various ways in which neologisms are nowadays signalled within texts.
Published online: 01 January 1995