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

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

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
Cataloging source
CaPaEBR
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1944-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Link, E. Perry
Dewey number
495.1/16
Index
index present
LC call number
PL1279
LC item number
.L483 2013eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • standards specifications
  • bibliography
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  • Chinese language
  • Chinese language
  • Chinese language
  • Chinese language
  • Chinese language
Label
An anatomy of Chinese : rhythm, metaphor, politics, Perry Link, (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10654363
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
viii, 367 p.
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
An anatomy of Chinese : rhythm, metaphor, politics, Perry Link, (electronic book)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebr10654363
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
viii, 367 p.
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote

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