For­eign words spot­light pu­rity of Chi­nese lan­guage

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

The in­creased use of for­eign words has sparked de­bate about the lin­guis­tic pu­rity of the Chi­nese lan­guage.

The dis­cus­sion was ini­ti­ated by an ed­i­to­rial last week in People’s Daily, the flag­ship news­pa­per of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, which crit­i­cized the in­flux of im­ported words for harm­ing the pu­rity and health of the Chi­nese lan­guage.

More than three decades into China’s re­form and open­ing-up, a grow­ing num­ber of loan words have been ab­sorbed into daily use, rang­ing from Wi-Fi to GDP, NBA and VIP.

The ob­jec­tion to for­eign words has trig­gered dis­sent from mem­bers of the pub­lic, who say English ab­bre­vi­a­tions and acronyms have helped im­prove ef­fi­ciency in daily com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

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