A Comparison of Word-formation between Chinese and English

| December 31, 2003
A Comparison of Word-formation between Chinese and English

Keywords: Lexicology; compound; derivation; affixation; conversion; blending; loans

Wang Aiguo
College of Humanity and Social Sciences,
Civil Aviation University of China,
Tianjin City, P.R. China

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Aiguo Wang is Associate Professor and Director of the Linguistic Institute, Civil Aviation University of China. Besides his teaching of college intensive English, he is co-conducting research and studies on rhetoric for the Civil Aviation Administration of China. This research focuses on contrasting styles between East and West. Professor Wang is a co-author of the soon to be published books, “Olympic English for Cabin Attendants” and “Oral English on Campus.” He obtained his BA and MA from Jilin University.

Word-formation is the study of words, dealing with the construction or formation rules of words in a certain language. This paper studies and analyses various ways of Chinese and English word-formation so that similarities and differences are found between the two languages. Through comparison, Chinese or English learners could have a better way of acquiring either or both of the two languages concerned.

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