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Analysis of memes in language

Chen Linxia & He Ziran  
The meme as a unit of cultural information is of great importance in the development of human languages. Its replication and transmission provide a quick and an effective way to enrich human languages. Memetics reveals the law of language development; provides a new perspective on language research,communication and culture. This paper introduces the memetic theory, the origin,characteristics and types of memes, analyses the variation of linguistic memes in the process of replication and transmission, as well as the causes of successful memes in language. Based on an analysis of the memetic phenomena in the use of language,the authors try to provide some useful hints and references for the study of language development and changes.
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