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A Reflection on Chinese “Chi”: From the Perspective of Cognitive Linguistics

Author(s): Bin Wang | Fan Zhang

Journal: Theory and Practice in Language Studies
ISSN 1799-2591

Volume: 1;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 466;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: “Chi” and prototype category | “Chi” and lexical formation | image schema | metaphor

cognitive linguistics fits for the analysis of Chinese language, for Chinese stems from hieroglyphics and phonogram. The character corresponds with the pronunciation, written form and meaning. The word is in the first phase of the character to actualize the grammaticalization. This paper, from the perspective of cognitive linguistics, analyzes the character “Chi” by prototype category, and the word about “Chi” by lexical formation. It also interprets that the formations of image schema and metaphor mechanism result in the emerging of many words about “Chi” and their corresponding meanings. This paper holds that cognitive linguistics can give a reasonable interpretation about one character with many meanings and its relative words with different meanings. The proficiency of cognitive linguistics can guide and help Chinese teaching for foreigners, natural language processing and automatic machine translation.

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