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Title: A study of four Chinese English idioms on the Web
Author: Fan Fang
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Linguistic Field: Semantics
Abstract: The English language has developed and spread around the world as a global language. As a variety of English in China, it has also formed some distinct features. This paper first introduces the status quo of the English language in China, and then by analysing the use of four Chinglish idioms on the Internet, argues that the use of Chinglish idioms can be more expressive in some settings. The Internet use of Chinglish idioms shows the actual state of language diversity and creativity, and more significantly, it reflects Chinese identity.

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This article appears IN English Today Vol. 24, Issue 4, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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