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Anatomy of Chinese Rhythm, Metaphor, Politics

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ISBN-10: 0674066022

ISBN-13: 9780674066021

Edition: 2013

Authors: Perry Link

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 2/18/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540

Introduction
Rhythm
The Prevalence of Rhythmic Patterns in Daily-Life Chinese
Is Rhythm Unusually Common in Chinese?
Speakers' Awareness of Rhythm
Are There Fads in Rhythms?
The Roots of Rhythms
"External" 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?
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
Politics
A Bifurcation
Characteristics of the Official Language
The 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