Seeking Meaning in a Space Made out of Strokes, Radicals, Characters and Compounds

  title={Seeking Meaning in a Space Made out of Strokes, Radicals, Characters and Compounds},
  author={Yannis Haralambous},
Chinese characters can be compared to a molecular structure: a character is analogous to a molecule, radicals are like atoms, calligraphic strokes correspond to elementary particles, and when characters form compounds, they are like molecular structures. In chemistry the conjunction of all of these structural levels produces what we perceive as matter. In language, the conjunction of strokes, radicals, characters, and compounds produces meaning. But when does meaning arise? We all know that… CONTINUE READING

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