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In The Interstices Of Representation: Ludic Writing And The Locus Of Polysemy In The Chinese Sign

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Acrostic poems hiding a political message have a long history in China, going back at least to the first century AD. The relationship between a linguistic sign and its referent is typically characterized by several structural homologies. Another feature of Chinese, commonly perceived as contributing to the polysemy in the spoken language, is the great amount of homophony of morphemes. In short, polysemy is no more pronounced than it would be in an Indo-European language specimen of the same length, nor is it dependent upon the writing system used. Prior to more elaborate theoretical considerations, one might assume that a word consists of a semantic, a morphological and a phonological layer. Phonetic conundrums, or "puns" in some definitions of this elusive term, are based upon varying degrees of similarity between a linguistic and/or orthographic form and two or more different associated words.

Keywords: Chinese; homophony; linguistic sign; phonetic conundrums; polysemy



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