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A Semiotical Investigation on the Term “Icon” in Chinese

作者:Hu Yirong  来源:Signs & Media No.8 2014 Spring  浏览量:2108    2014-04-01 16:55:42

ABSTRACT: Since the end of 1980s, language scholars began to give attention to the problem of iconicity. The Chinese translation of iconicity to today is “象似”. Through a comprehensive investigation of morphology and the background of the term,this paper will point out that “像”is a more appropriate translation for iconicity. Additionally, the relationship between the Chinese characters “象” and “像” reflecting some rules of signs evolution is explored.

Key words: iconicity;  semiotics;  icon;  linguistics

 

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