The Word Formation of Japanese-made Loan Words in Modern Japanese: Through the Diachronic Investigation
With the changes of era, languages also change little by little. This article mentions about the Japanese-made loan words, which has a remarkable change in modern Japanese vocabulary. In this article, “ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CONTEMPORARY WORDS” , which is republished per year and can catch the change of vocabulary longitudinally was used as a investigation data , and the Japanese-made loan words was discussed in a diachronic way with the view of word formation. Firstly, we can see the word formation of loan words by their change of quantity and find out that the word form of loan words prefers to be shorter in the recent decade. Secondly, from the view of word formation, basically, the loan words which follow the existed Japanese word formation are majority, and the compound word formation is superiority in every era. Furthermore, the characteristic of the loan words’ original morpheme appeared in the word formation of Japanese-made loan words in the recent 30 years. That is to say, the word formation of Japanese-made loan words has exceeded the range of Japanese morpheme, and the Japanese-made loan words which were formed by the operation of their original morphemes were also observed.
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