Social Changes Manifested in the Diachronic Changes of Reform-related Chinese Near Synonyms

Longxing Li, Vincent Xian Wang, Chu-ren Huang

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This paper examines several reform-related Chinese near synonyms in the thousand-year long history of China, comparing them in both diachronic and synchronic dimensions. Through the enquiries of word frequency and usages in diachronic Chinese corpora and historical Chinese language databases, the results reveal the interplay between social realities and language use This study is an initial effort to relating a number of socially and historically significant synonymous words to the thousand-year long history of China through corpus linguistic enquiry.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Lexical Semantics
Subtitle of host publication22nd Workshop, CLSW 2021 Nanjing, China, May 15–16, 2021 Revised Selected Papers, Part II
EditorsMinghui Dong, Yanhui Gu, Jia-Fei Hong
PublisherSpringer Cham
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-06547-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-06546-0
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jun 2022
EventChinese Lexical Semantics Workshop -
Duration: 15 May 202116 May 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349
NameLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence
ISSN (Print)2945-9133
ISSN (Electronic)2945-9141


ConferenceChinese Lexical Semantics Workshop


  • Social change
  • Reform
  • Gaige
  • Near synonyms
  • Corpus linguistics


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