Gender identification in Chinese names

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In this paper we discuss a number of factors that bear on the question if a Chinese given name is more likely to refer to a female or a male. In some cases this can be determined (with some degree of confidence) – in others it cannot. We identify the relevant factors as 1) gender-identifying characters or radicals; 2) sound symbolism and 3) reduplication. We consider the relations between these factors, and test our predictions in a psycholinguistic experiment with native speakers, for both written and spoken Chinese.


External organisations
  • Shenzhen University
  • Hechi University
  • Shanghai International Studies University
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  • General Language Studies and Linguistics
Original languageEnglish
Article number102759
Early online date2019 Dec 13
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jan
Publication categoryResearch