The LIVAC (Linguistic Variations in Chinese Speech Communities) synchronous corpus is based on news media materials sampled and analyzed regularly and synchronously from six Chinese-speaking communities, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Beijing, Shanghai, and Macau.
An annual "New Chinese Buzzword Roster" is also produced on the basis of the bi-weekly records for one year from 2004 onward. The new words appearing in the Pan-Chinese, Beijing, Hong Kong and Taiwan rosters are drawn mostly on the basis of their frequency of occurance in the reports on political, social, and economic events in the different communities during the year. They provide good and useful social and cultural indicators.
The New Chinese Buzz Word Roster is an innovative and experimental attempt. We appreciate comments and suggestions which would improve the Roster and the associated indices.
The 2020 LiVac New Chinese Buzzword Roster
The top 5 new words in Pan-Chinese communities include: Stay-At-Home Order (居家令), Heroes in harm’s way (逆行者), National Security Law (港區國安法), Livestream Sales (直播帶貨), and Cloud-based Conference Call (雲會議).
The Buzzword Rosters of each community are:
Heroes in harm’s way
National Security Law
Cloud-based Conference Call
Two initiatives and one major project
Prohibition on Group Gathering
Mutual Destruction Theory
Employment Support Scheme
Triple Stimulus Vouchers
The Pan-Chinese New Buzzword Roster in Previous Years
The 2019 top 5 new words in Pan-Chinese communities include: Stop violence and end disorder (止暴制亂), Brexit party (脫歐黨), Reiwa (令和 (退位禮)), Chan Tong-kai case (陳同佳案), Ukrainian gate (烏克蘭門).
The 2018 top 5 new words in Pan-Chinese communities include:Trump - Kim Jong-un Summit (特金會), Tariff war (關稅戰), China International Import Expo (進博會), Sharp Power (銳實力), Buddha Like (佛系).
The 2017 top 5 new words in Pan-Chinese communities include: Russiagate (通俄門), Muslim ban (禁穆令), E-sports industry (電競產業), Solidification (實心化), Long-Distance Training (遠訓).
The new buzzwords in earlier years will be presented here soon:)