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《Journal of Beijing Forestry University(Social Sciences)》 2008-03
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The Word-Formation Characteristics of the English Acronym

XIAO Nan~1,XIAO Wen-ke~2(1.Department of Foreign Languages,China University of Geosciences,Beijing 100083,P.R.China;2.School of Foreign Languages,Beijing Forestry University,100083,P.R.China)  
The paper illustrates the main word-formation characteristics of the English acronym. While the initials of the content words play a dominant role in the formation of an acronym,the initials of the constructional words like preposition,conjunction and article participate in the formation of an acronym as well.The paper also discusses the characteristics of acronyms such as the polysemous phenomenon,the parts of speech,the pairing of the acronym with its expansion, and the borrowing of the acronym in the target language.
【CateGory Index】: H313
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