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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 258–285.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Jonathan Smith Abstract The present study begins with an introduction to “sound symbolism” from a cognitive linguistic perspective. Such frameworks provide that while the relationship between sound and meaning within the lexicon is in general arbitrary, languages may also feature specific...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 251–257.
Published: 01 November 2015
... and its persistent relationship to the intensity of light. Focusing on the reduplicative words of two identical syllables ( dieyinci 疊音詞) so common in the Shijing — zang-zang 牂牂, jiu-jiu 糾糾, and the like—Smith suggests the existence of a comparable “sound symbolic” phenomenon in the Old Chinese...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 515–544.
Published: 01 November 2015
... of Rhyme.” Roman Jakobson, in contrast, attempted to posit meaning in sound itself, as independent of the semantic meaning of words; see Jakobson, Waugh, and Taylor, Sound Shape of Language . This debate would eventually crystallize in the importation of the notion of “sound symbolism” from music...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2022) 9 (2): 425–457.
Published: 01 November 2022
... difference is that the middle horizontal stroke for 王 is closer to the top, whereas that for 玉 is right in the middle. To avoid confusion, a dot was eventually added near the bottom of 玉. The double-jade component symbolizes the heavenly sound of two jades hitting each other, and it was used in sinograms...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 108–136.
Published: 01 April 2016
... of the traditional Chinese musical instrument, the guqin . It brings to light the interconnections of ideas and images of this instrument with the expressive resources of Chinese culture, and it studies the symbolism of this music in terms of its orientations toward cosmological views of life, human comportment...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 215–232.
Published: 01 November 2016
... and implicit imitation, and Zhu argues that the tone of each word has a “symbolic” function. All these scholars point out that sounds can express feelings and make reference to and mimic concrete objects as well as abstract concepts. As phonemes and language are formulated, the fourth category of sound...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 545–572.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Zong-qi Cai Abstract The author argues that Chinese characters have shaped Chinese poetic art not through their ideographic form but through their monosyllabic sound. Specifically, the pauses in a Chinese poetic line tend to be determined by sound patterns. Since monosyllabic sound is nearly always...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2023) 10 (1): 30–56.
Published: 01 April 2023
.... The writings by Shang, her beloved family, and friends and acquaintances in turn transformed this garden into a symbol in remembrance of individual persons and the former dynasty. This article attempts to generate a new interdisciplinary discussion of late imperial women's place in the history of Chinese...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2022) 9 (1): 79–104.
Published: 01 April 2022
... that is unrelated to the sounds of the word itself. Each written sign stands for a whole word and, consequently, for the idea expressed by the word. The classical example of an ideographic system of writing is Chinese. . . . To a Chinese, an ideogram and a spoken word are both symbols of an idea; to him writing...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 258–288.
Published: 01 November 2016
..., a similar argument leads to a rather different conclusion. Lu Xun welcomes Mara to plague traditional poetry, imagining the devilish utterance will foster a sturdy and robust Chinese sound. Liang Qichao celebrates poisonous fiction, asserting that its incredible power will first cleanse it of its own...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 1–14.
Published: 01 April 2019
... these themes have appeared in literary texts and writing. As much as the qingwen is textual and symbolic, xingwen is nontextual and representational. And though this separation of qingwen and xingwen made some sense in Liu's time, it becomes less tenable after the Six Dynasties, when poetry...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 275–330.
Published: 01 November 2019
.../). The circumflex (^) is not a marker of vowel quality but an indicator of a syllabic distinction whose pronunciation is unknown and can be ignored when read aloud. The symbol Ɂ is the glottal stop as in the consonant sound separating the vowels in the English word uh-oh . In Schuessler's system, when...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 56–95.
Published: 01 April 2019
... are inadequate, we sigh them. If sighing is inadequate, we sing them. If singing is inadequate, unconsciously we dance them with our hands and tap them with our feet. Qing are expressed in sound; when those sounds are given pattern, they are called tones. 情動於中而形於言,言之不足,故嗟歎之;嗟歎之不足,故永歌之,永歌之不足,不知手之舞之、足之蹈之也。情發於聲...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 31–58.
Published: 01 April 2021
... through the Jin and Yuan periods are characterized by a counterpoint of colloquial words and dialect phrases. This mix of linguistic register in song suites supports the process of teasing apart connections between sound, Sinograph, word, and meaning. The language in Sui's sanqu exploits...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (1): 66–94.
Published: 01 April 2018
... and music ( yue 樂) was, in some sense, simple: they were two aspects of one, indivisible art. Sixth-century critic Liu Xiu 劉勰 states: “Poetry is the heart/mind of music; sound is the body of music” 詩為樂心,聲為樂體. 1 Sound is the medium and poetry the message. Poetry without music is a mere memory or notation...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 85–107.
Published: 01 April 2016
... Handle Mountain), a magical realm in which the passage of time, symbolized by a game of go, seemed to follow an entirely different logic. The locus classicus of the story comes from Shu yi ji 述異記 (Notes on Tales of the Unusual) by the Southern Dynasties author Ren Fang 任昉 (460–508): In Xin'an...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 149–166.
Published: 01 April 2020
... not as its meal but as its mate, “to perform the rites to become husband and wife” 欲我成其夫婦之禮. In the safety of the cave, the renxiong supplied Song with medicinal plants, and he made a full recovery in a matter of days. As for the renxiong , “although it is a ferocious beast, it has a sound understanding...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (2): 239–260.
Published: 01 November 2021
... and Venerable Teacher” to explicate the highest order of true understanding of the Way, or zhenzhi , and to symbolize the climactic pursuit of the Daoist truth. Vertically the Daoist epistemological value system, with the zhenzhi at its apex, is extended into a graphic hierarchy; horizontally the step-by-step...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (2): 448–454.
Published: 01 November 2021
... . “ The Sights and Sounds of Red Cliffs: On Reading Su Shi .” Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews 20 ( 1998 ): 11 – 30 . Hsia, C. T . The Classic Chinese Novel: A Critical Introduction . Bloomington : Indiana University Press , 1980 . Owen, Stephen . Remembrances: The Experience...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 163–202.
Published: 01 April 2021
...). 27 Here, in terms of genre, it is important to think of Yuan sanqu first and foremost as “songs.” As Zong-qi Cai has argued, even in the case of shi poetry, sound is much more central to Chinese poetry than has typically been acknowledged. In his view, the monosyllabicity of the Chinese...
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