The Resource An anatomy of Chinese : rhythm, metaphor, politics, Perry Link, (electronic resource/)

An anatomy of Chinese : rhythm, metaphor, politics, Perry Link, (electronic resource/)

Label
An anatomy of Chinese : rhythm, metaphor, politics
Title
An anatomy of Chinese
Title remainder
rhythm, metaphor, politics
Statement of responsibility
Perry Link
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • During the Cultural Revolution, Mao exhorted the Chinese people to smash the four olds: old customs, old culture, old habits, and old ideas. Yet when the Red Guards in Tiananmen Square chanted We want to see Chairman Mao, they unknowingly used a classical rhythm that dates back to the Han period and is the very embodiment of the four olds. An Anatomy of Chinese reveals how rhythms, conceptual metaphors, and political language convey time-honored meanings of which Chinese speakers themselves may not be consciously aware, and contributes to the ongoing debate over whether language shapes thought, or vice versa. Perry Link’s inquiry into the workings of Chinese reveals convergences and divergences with English, most strikingly in the area of conceptual metaphor. Different spatial metaphors for consciousness, for instance, mean that English speakers wake up while speakers of Chinese wake across. Other underlying metaphors in the two languages are similar, lending support to theories that locate the origins of language in the brain. The distinction between daily-life language and official language has been unusually significant in contemporary China, and Link explores how ordinary citizens learn to play language games, artfully wielding officialese to advance their interests or defend themselves from others. Particularly provocative is Link’s consideration of how Indo-European languages, with their preference for abstract nouns, generate philosophical puzzles that Chinese, with its preference for verbs, avoids. The mind-body problem that has plagued Western culture may be fundamentally less problematic for speakers of Chinese
  • Rhythms, conceptual metaphors, and political language convey meanings of which Chinese speakers themselves may not be aware. Link’s Anatomy of Chinese contributes to the debate over whether language shapes thought or vice versa, and its comparison of English with Chinese lends support to theories that locate the origins of language in the brain
Dewey number
495.1/16
Index
index present
LC call number
PL1279
LC item number
.L483 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
An anatomy of Chinese : rhythm, metaphor, politics, Perry Link, (electronic resource/)
Link
http://library.quincycollege.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=508377
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Contents; Introduction; 1. Rhythm; The Prevalence of Rhythmic Patternsin Daily -- Life Chinese; Is Rhythm Unusually Common in Chinese?; Speakersa? Awareness of Rhythm; Are There Fads in Rhythms?; The Roots of Rhythms; aȶExternala? Rhythms: Dominant and Recessive; Recessive Rhythms of Favor; How Recessive Rhythms Affect Structure; How Universal Are the Preferred Rhythms of Chinese?; Do Rhythms Have Meanings?; What Other Formal Features Contribute to Meaning?; Can the Users of Rhythm Be Unaware of Its Effects?; 2. Metaphor
  • How Do Metaphors Work in Ordinary Language?Metaphor and Thought; Time; Color; Up and Down; North and South; Consciousness; The Self in Ancient Thought; Privilege in Dyads; Metaphors That Chinese and English (Pretty Much) Share; Metaphors in Chinese That Diverge from English in Significant Ways; Conceptual Differences That Are Rooted in Metaphor; Can Conceptual Metaphors Generate Philosophical Problems?; The Significance of Similarities and Differences among Conceptual Metaphors in Different Languages; 3. Politics; A Bifurcation
  • Characteristics of the Official LanguageThe Language Game; How the Game Is Played: From the Side of the Rulers; How the Game Is Played: From the Side of the Ruled; Effects of the Language Game in the Mao and the Post -- Mao Eras Compared; Epilogue; Acknowledgments; Index
Control code
ocn827083286
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (access may be restricted)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institution
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
22573/ctt2f1ht8
Label
An anatomy of Chinese : rhythm, metaphor, politics, Perry Link, (electronic resource/)
Link
http://library.quincycollege.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&scope=site&db=nlebk&db=nlabk&AN=508377
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Contents; Introduction; 1. Rhythm; The Prevalence of Rhythmic Patternsin Daily -- Life Chinese; Is Rhythm Unusually Common in Chinese?; Speakersa? Awareness of Rhythm; Are There Fads in Rhythms?; The Roots of Rhythms; aȶExternala? Rhythms: Dominant and Recessive; Recessive Rhythms of Favor; How Recessive Rhythms Affect Structure; How Universal Are the Preferred Rhythms of Chinese?; Do Rhythms Have Meanings?; What Other Formal Features Contribute to Meaning?; Can the Users of Rhythm Be Unaware of Its Effects?; 2. Metaphor
  • How Do Metaphors Work in Ordinary Language?Metaphor and Thought; Time; Color; Up and Down; North and South; Consciousness; The Self in Ancient Thought; Privilege in Dyads; Metaphors That Chinese and English (Pretty Much) Share; Metaphors in Chinese That Diverge from English in Significant Ways; Conceptual Differences That Are Rooted in Metaphor; Can Conceptual Metaphors Generate Philosophical Problems?; The Significance of Similarities and Differences among Conceptual Metaphors in Different Languages; 3. Politics; A Bifurcation
  • Characteristics of the Official LanguageThe Language Game; How the Game Is Played: From the Side of the Rulers; How the Game Is Played: From the Side of the Ruled; Effects of the Language Game in the Mao and the Post -- Mao Eras Compared; Epilogue; Acknowledgments; Index
Control code
ocn827083286
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (access may be restricted)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institution
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
22573/ctt2f1ht8

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