A Contrastive Study of Lexical Motivation of Chinese and English

Yi GUO, Jinghua TENG


The study of motivation has attracted growing attention from linguists; on the other hand, there still exist such questions as incorrect understanding of the relationship between motivation and arbitrariness and the absence of a unified criterion for classifying motivation. This paper will propose a sound classification and conduct a contrastive study of the lexical motivation of Chinese and English.


Lexical motivation; Arbitrariness; Classification

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