Analysis on the Word-formation of English Netspeak Neologism


  • Wei Liu Dalian University of Technology
  • Wenyu Liu Dalian University of Technology



Internet, Neologism, Netspeak, Word-formation.


The emergence of computer-mediated communication provides a resourceful database for language researchers as well as learners. This study focuses on the Internet neologisms, a derivative of new media age, which in many ways affects the netizens in terms of communication. The collected data are examined empirically to figure out the characteristics of netspeak neologisms and their patterns of formation. It suggests that the most frequently occurring word-formation process of netspeak neologisms is compounding, subsequently, blending, affixation, old words with new meaning, acronyms, conversion, and clipping. Through probing into each process, the examples are illustrated and sub-categories are listed in terms of blending for further understanding. This study has proven that the diversity of word-formation processes of English netspeak neologism and may shed light on the creativity of language in the online context.

Author Biographies

  • Wei Liu, Dalian University of Technology
    Postgraduate, School of Foreign Language
  • Wenyu Liu, Dalian University of Technology
    Professor, School of Foreign Language


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