A Corpus-Based Evolution of Chinese Englishes from a Language Contact Perspective


  •  Yihua Zhang    
  •  Hanfu Mi    

Abstract

Many linguistic studies have examined the notion of Chinese Englishes. However, the terms used remain vague, and the concepts behind them are often confusing. The present paper attempts to investigate the inner characteristics and formation mechanisms of Chinese Englishes, and to identify their differences from a perspective of contact linguistics. The subsequent discussion is directed to the phonological, lexical, morphological, and syntactic characteristics (or motivation) of Chinglish-Chinese English and China English based on relevant corpus data and documents, focusing on the profiling description of China English, including phonological and grammatical transference, and semantic extension through calque.



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