2018-19 School of Chinese Seminar
A Study on the Definition of Cultural Words in Mandarin by Re-analysing of the Relationship between Word Meaning and Concept
Dr Zhao Ming
時間Time: 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Friday 25 January 2019
地點Venue: Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong
演講語言Language: Putonghua 普通話
It seems that there is some misunderstanding about the relationship between word meaning and concept in the literature. This paper argues that word meaning should not be equated with concept, but words meaning coincides with concept in at least one glosseme. Concepts are not universally shared by all humans. Some concepts are peculiar to people of certain nationalities or cultures. Therefore, defining cultural words as “culture-reflecting words” is not appropriate if not correct at all. Cultural words are essential concept vacancies at synchronic semantic level. It is of great theoretical importance and practical value to scientifically define cultural words in Chinese Linguistics as well as in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language. This paper discusses the above issues by taking Mandarin cultural words as the main corpus.
Dr ZHAO Ming is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature of Xiamen University. He supervises postgraduates of Chinese Linguistics and Applied Chinese Linguistics. His main research interests are Chinese lexicology and teaching Chinese as a second language. His representative monographs are A Study on the History of Chinese Foreign Words in Ming and Qing Dynasties and A Study on Cultural Words in Modern Chinese. He has published more than 20 papers on linguistic journals. He is currently a leading researcher in a research project funded by China’s Ministry of Education. Till now he has finished three research projects, which were also led by him. When he was a Ph.D. student in 2013, he won the award of Top Ten Academic Postgraduates at Peking University. He was identified as B-level talent by organization department of Fujian province in 2018.
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