A corpus-based study on animal expressions in Mandarin Chinese and German

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15 引文 斯高帕斯(Scopus)


This study is based on the Corpora of Animal Expressions in Mandarin Chinese and in German. I first apply Goddard's (1998) approach of semantic molecules to examine Cat expressions for the purpose of exploring the semantic interaction and the cultural backgrounds within the form of society. Various acts of speech in the form of animal expressions then reveal people's thoughts. The salient semantic molecules of cat are 'weak' in Mandarin Chinese and 'weak, false, small, unimportant, flattering, quick, shrill' in German; those of tiger are 'powerful, courageous, fierce' in Mandarin Chinese and 'powerful, fierce' in German. It is found that there is an interconnection and interaction between semantic molecules and these animal names serve as semantic contributors in distinct domains, e.g., cat for 'woman' in German. Furthermore, animal expressions demonstrate different mentalities as well as the Mandarin speakers' group-centric and German speakers' individualistic modes of thought.

頁(從 - 到)2206-2222
期刊Journal of Pragmatics
出版狀態Published - 2006 十二月

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 語言與語言學
  • 語言和語言學
  • 人工智慧


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