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Making sense of traditional Chinese medicine: a cognitive semantic approach

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dc.contributor.advisor Sawada, B. E. en
dc.contributor.advisor Hubbard, E. H. (Ernest Hilton), 1947- en Altman, Magda Elizabeth en 2009-08-25T10:48:26Z 2009-08-25T10:48:26Z 2009-08-25T10:48:26Z 2004-06-30 en
dc.identifier.citation Altman, Magda Elizabeth (2009) Making sense of traditional Chinese medicine: a cognitive semantic approach, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract Cognitive linguists posit that language as a system of meaning is closely related to cognition and to the associated perceptual and physiological structures of the body. From the cognitive semantic viewpoint, cognitive processes underpin and motivate linguistic phenomena such as categorisation, polysemy, metaphor, metonymy and image schemas. The pedagogical implication of the cognitive semantic perspective is that understanding these cognitive motivations facilitates language learning. This dissertation uses an applied cognitive semantic approach to `make sense' of a traditional knowledge system, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM views human physiology as a holistic and dynamic system that exemplifies the same principles as the cosmos-environment. TCM models result in a categorisation of physiological phenomena based on a complex system of experiential and cosmological correspondences. I suggest that the holistic epistemology of cognitive linguistics is well suited to an understanding of these holistic models. From a pedagogical viewpoint, I argue that an analysis of the cognitive motivations which underpin TCM categorisations and the polysemy of some key TCM terms can help the student make sense of TCM as a meaningful system of thought and practice. Both the theoretical and applied approaches explored in this dissertation should have relevance to other traditional knowledge systems, particularly traditional medical systems. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (vi, 129 leaves ill.)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Traditional Chinese Medicine en
dc.subject Terminology en
dc.subject Epistemology en
dc.subject Semantic chaining en
dc.subject Metonymy en
dc.subject Metaphor en
dc.subject Polysemy en
dc.subject Cognitive semantics en
dc.subject Cognitive linguistics en
dc.subject Applied linguistics en
dc.subject Traditional medicine en
dc.subject Integrative medicine en
dc.subject Holistic medicine en
dc.subject Holism en
dc.subject.ddc 401.43
dc.subject.lcsh Cognitive grammar
dc.subject.lcsh Applied linguistics
dc.subject.lcsh Semantics
dc.subject.lcsh Metaphor
dc.subject.lcsh Metonyms.
dc.subject.lcsh Knowledge, Theory of
dc.subject.lcsh Medicine, Chinese
dc.subject.lcsh Holistic medicine
dc.title Making sense of traditional Chinese medicine: a cognitive semantic approach en
dc.type Dissertation en en
dc.description.department Linguistics and Modern Languages en M.A. (Linguistics) en

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