27.3796, Books: Ideography and Chinese Language Theory: O'Neill

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Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:02:13
From: Nora Voß [nora.voss at degruyter.com]
Subject: Ideography and Chinese Language Theory: O'Neill

 


Title: Ideography and Chinese Language Theory 
Subtitle: A History 
Series Title: Welten Ostasiens / Worlds of East Asia / Mondes de l’Extrême Orient  

Publication Year: 2016 
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
	   http://www.degruyter.com/mouton
	

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/466660?rskey=DIoET1&format=G 


Author: Timothy Michael O'Neill

Hardback: ISBN:  9783110457148 Pages: 348 Price: U.S. $ 140.00


Abstract:

This book is a much-needed scholarly intervention and postcolonial corrective
that examines why and when and how misunderstandings of Chinese writing came
about and showcases the long history of Chinese theories of language.
'Ideography' as such assumes extra-linguistic, trans-historical, universal
'ideas' which are an outgrowth of Platonism and thus unique to European
history. Classical Chinese discourse assumes that language (and writing) is an
arbitrary artifact invented by sages for specific reasons at specific times in
history. Language by this definition is an ever-changing technology amenable
to historical manipulation; language is not the House of Being, but rather a
historically embedded social construct that encodes quotidian human intentions
and nothing more. These are incommensurate epistemes, each with its own
cultural milieu and historical context. By comparing these two traditions,
this study historicizes and decolonializes popular notions about Chinese
characters, exposing the Eurocentrism inherent in all theories of ideography.
Ideography and Chinese Language Theory will be of significant interest to
historians, sinologists, theorists, and scholars in other branches of the
humanities.
 



Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics


Written In: English  (eng)

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