By Gao-ming Zhang, Hong Yang
It's in general authorised that English letters in simple terms signify sounds. is that this certainly the case? If no longer, how can the ideas represented by means of English letters be published? research at the Ideographic features of a few English Morphemes presents the solutions to those questions via an research of round 900 morphemes. The e-book s element of departure for this research is that, simply because English phrases are composed of letters, their definitions might be associated with the recommendations implied by way of those letters. with a view to offer that English phrases do certainly have ideographic features, the ebook analyses the traditional notion of the 4 parts (air, earth, water, and fire), and those components dating with the part letter series of a morpheme. Given its ground-breaking learn and findings, this quantity is vital analyzing for either researchers and scholars in linguistics and different similar fields, in addition to for the final reader with an curiosity in word-formation and symbolism.
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Extra info for Analysis on the Ideographic Characteristics of Some English Morphemes
And it should be pointed out that here the category of sth only refers to the four elements (earth, fire, water and air), and living thing is an integrated unit of the four elements. The generalization should be based on: 1) the ancient four elements theory and the intellectual traditions of the Westerners as revealed by Nisbett : and (c) make more inductive use of categories, that is, generalize from particular instances of a category to other instances or to the category as a whole… 2) the generalized concepts represented by the letter l, because the letter l is the smallest indivisible unit in the alphabet from which other letters are composed.
Generally speaking, the back-traced concepts represented by the component letters in morphemes belong to the particular instances of a category. , the root ideas of English letters) based on the shape resemblance between the particular instance and an English letter. Here some relevant questions arise: how many categories are implicit in English morphemes? What’s the basis of the generalization? How to generalize the concepts represented by English letters from the particular instance(s)? The answers can be briefed as follows.
2-39. 2-39 Analysis on the digraph qu quaff: v. 2-40, in which 1) the letter c in the letter q=the letter c in the letter a—sb’s mouth; 2) the letter l in the letter q=u= the letter s in the letter a=ff—flow of liquid, and ff—large amount of liquid. So, qu=aff—large amount of liquid goes into sb’s mouth. Fig. 2-41, in which 1) the letter c in the letter a=the letter c in the letter q—the earth; 2) the letter s in the letter a=the letter l in the letter q=u—water moving up and down. So, its literal meaning is: the water moving up and down in/on the earth.