Chapter published in:Lexical Priming: Applications and advances
Edited by Michael Pace-Sigge and Katie J. Patterson
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics 79] 2017
► pp. 164–186
Teaching near-synonyms more effectively
A case study of “happy” words in Mandarin Chinese
The purpose of this study is to explore ways to effectively explain how Chinese near-synonyms are distinguished based on corpus exploration. Lexical priming provides a theoretical framework for the collocational and colligational analysis of Chinese synonyms. A group of Mandarin Chinese “happy” words 高兴 (gāo xìng), 快乐 (kuài lè) and 开心 (kāi xīn) are chosen for the case study. The result shows that the three Chinese synonyms could be distinguished based on corpus analysis, which may provide useful reference for teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages.
Published online: 14 August 2017
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