Jennifer Ball

"Lioness," "female dog," and "plow" all employ the same root, which implies they are the negative (female) of the positive (male).

在苏美尔语里 “Nig” 的含义是 “婊子” — —这是巧合吗? 绝对不是

在苏美尔语里, “nig” 的发音就等同于雌性哺乳动物或者是农耕工具, 详见下面 的例子,代表 “母狮子”, “母 狗/婊子”, 以及 “犁地” 等含义的字符, 它们都将阴 道的形象作为描述的一部分 (粉色圈出部分). 这些字符 内在包含了 “阴性/消 极的” 概念, 例如“狗”通常被视为主人的所属物, 女人则被视作男人阳性概念的 阴性 影响面, 以及后者的附属品.…

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Black cat, black, sheep, black swan: all are racist clichés. 黑猫,黑羊,黑天鹅:都是种族歧视俗套。

黑名单”和“白名单

对于无徳出版讨论中种普遍存在的种族歧视性语言的有益警告 Frank Houghton 爱尔兰利利莫瑞克理理工学院HEALR研究小组主任 Sharon Houghton 爱尔兰利利莫瑞克理理工学院心理理学系 作者信息、文章注释、版权及许可信息免责声明 感谢《医学图书馆协会杂志》 译者:李琪 摘要 本评论文章讨论的是在无徳出版中种族歧视性语言的普遍使用现象。此类例子包含“黑名单”,“白名单”,“黑绵羊(害群之马)”等术语。该类词汇的使用不仅反映了具有种族歧视 色彩的文化,同时还使该行为变得合理且可持续。 种族歧视主义的祸患是具有潜伏性的,它会悄无声息却不可阻碍地渗透进我们的思维之中, 如同空气传播的微生物漂浮进我们的体内,在我们的血脉中找到终身寄主。 – Maya Angelou 2008年,在位于丹佛的科罗拉多大学有一位名叫 Jeffrey Beall 的图书馆管理员,整理出了一个 极有可能的无徳期刊和出版商的清单。尽管Kirsten Bell…

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Black cat, black, sheep, black swan: all are racist clichés. 黑猫,黑羊,黑天鹅:都是种族歧视俗套。

“Blacklists” and “Whitelists”

A salutary warning concerning the prevalence of racist language in discussions of predatory publishing Frank Houghton Director, HEALR Research Group, Limerick Institute of Technology,…

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"Lioness," "female dog," and "plow" all employ the same root, which implies they are the negative (female) of the positive (male).

In Sumerian “Nig” is “Bitch”—Coincidence? No.

In Sumerian, the sound “nig” equates to a female mammal or a farming tool, as can be seen below in the words “lioness,” “bitch,”…

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“喵”是“猫”的另外一个名字

Jennifer Ball Soochow University, Suzhou, China Email: originofalphabet@me.com How to cite this paper: Ball, J. (2019). “Meow” Is Just Another Name for “Cat”. Open…

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“Self, Other, and Canine”: The “Dog” Radical in Chinese History and Its Implications for Chinese Minority Identity

“自我,他指,以及犬系”: “反犬旁”在中国历史中的发展及其对中国少 数民族身份的暗示 Author Unknown (It was available at http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/tempus/archives_files/Brown.pdf until Summer 2020) 作者未知(http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/tempus/archives_files/Brown.pdf) Translated by Maggie Li 译者李琪 Presented by Jennifer Ball 出品人包弫 One of…

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Start Using Inclusive Language

If we want to help eliminate bias, we need to change our language, which includes not using “black” and “dark” as “bad.” No more…

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Gender and Grammar in Chinese With Implications for Language Universals

Gender and Grammar in Chinese With Implications for Language Universals 中文里的性别和语法 ——对语言共性的影响 Dr. Catherine S. Farris University of Washington 凯瑟琳·法里斯 华盛顿大学 First published in…

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“Covert Sexism in Mandarin Chinese” by David Moser

Sino-Platonic Papers Number 74 January, 1997 David Moser Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures University of Michigan     Introduction Western linguists have been…

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The Role of the “Groove” 卯 Character in Chinese Writing: 69 characters and 22 definitions

by Jennifer Ball and Xu Chao Using a Hanzi substructure-search engine designed by Xu Chao and Jennifer Ball Nov. 11, 2018 Thanks to Chinese…

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The Role of the “Youth/Essence” 青/靑 Character in Chinese Writing

byJennifer Ball and Xu ChaoUsing a Hanzi substructure-search engine designed by Xu Chao and Jennifer BallNov. 11, 2018 Thanks to Chinese Text Project, Wiktionary,…

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The Role of the Female 女 Character in Chinese Writing: 1,495 characters and 645 definitions

by Jennifer Ball and Xu Chao Using a Hanzi substructure-search engine designed by Xu Chao and Jennifer Ball Nov. 5, 2018 Thanks to Chinese…

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Role of the “Opposite Dog “犭 Character in Chinese Writing: 630 Characters 278 definitions

by Jennifer Ball and Xu Chao Using a Hanzi substructure-search engine designed by Xu Chao and Jennifer Ball Aug. 16, 2018 Semantic Breakdown of…

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Are Jiahu Symbols Writing? Probably

In Chinese, a common type of sentence is four characters; this four-character sentence is known as a “chengyu” 成语. A chengyu is not dissimilar…

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Duh, I own it: Possession is Universal

的 de (no tone) = of (possessive), target, bull’s eye Portraying ownership was one of the first usages of writing. “This is mine” was…

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汉语里的隐性性别歧视 作者:David Moser

导语

西方语言学家对于英语语言当中性别歧视现象各个方面的研究已经持续了几十年。继罗宾拉考夫(Robin Lakoff,1975),米勒凯西以及凯特斯威夫特(Miller Casey,Kate Swift,1977)等人发表了具有影响力的论文之后,更多的学者开始识别并且归类诸如词汇,语法,语篇,甚至是语调等语言特性中所体现的性别歧视现象。(关于英语语言中性别歧视的历史概述可参见巴伦(Baron)1986年的论文。其余近期的研究包含斯坦利(Stanley)的论文1977a,1997b…

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We all emerge from an egg stored in a secret place — 我们都来自隐秘在某处的一枚卵

excerpt: 我们都来自隐秘在某处的一枚卵

请注意以下中国汉字间的联系:

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Hair as a Medium for Communication

One’s hairstyle projects one’s status. Female hair telegraphs availability. Certain styles indicate “not yet: this wearer is too young to bear children.” Early communication was often about a female’s ability to carry offspring.

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Princesses celebrate with hidden word "princess"

乳房,阴道以及工具: 对英语字母系统的思考

如果你要向彼此语言不通的人描述一件事情,最简单的传达意思的方法就是画一张图。

“一图胜过万语千言”,因为不需要任何约定俗成的书面或口语表达就可以将信息传达出去。这种视觉的交流方式不需要面对面的互动,任何人都可以画一幅图,其他任何人都能够看到这幅图。只要信息发出者与接收者的思维方式大致相同:那么,传输完毕。现代人就都满足这样的要求,因为我们都是通过自然选择进化而来的,这个过程既不是民主选择又不是个人独断,而是方向始终如一,不可阻挡的进化过程。从几十万年前起,人类就一直延续着基因上的相似性,因此,我们的基本需求是一样的。早期人类将其反应在字母的形状和发音上,也就是说,我们的字母表就是人类基本需要的层级图。

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The shape of the letter “V” means “female” in three different cultures and times

The shape of the letter “V” means “female” in three different cultures and times: Discovered by Denise Schmandt-Besserat, this first character is a Neolithic…

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Black is the new black neon sign

#ChangeLanguageChangeMinds #BlackIsBeautiful #DarkIsDarling #BlackIsNOTBad #DarkIsNOTBad #NoMoreBlackIsBad #NoMoreDarkIsBad

The use of darkness as a synonym for “bad” is a microaggression that results in macro-oppression. The constant devaluing of darkness pings upon the…

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Mother or Donkey? They are both beasts of burden

Soundwise, it’s a close call in Sumerian—Ama vs. Eme. Ama is “mother” in Sumerian 863 times; eme is “donkey” 354 times and “tongue” 178…

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Tail = kun in cuneiform

Or would that be tail = cun? The word “tail” has many meanings, but on an animal it is a flag to say, “Here…

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The Relationship of Stork to Child is 5,000 Years Old

The suggestive nature of the lily, as seen above, is a clue as to why these flowers were so important to early humans. The…

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Illustration of mayaThe "uay" glyph (which is a person's animal spirit while a person sleeps) shows the "Water Lily Jaguar" floating in the sea. The text identifies the jaguar as the "uay" of Seibal's king. Picture from Michael D. Coe’s Breaking the Maya Code (New York, Thames and Hudson, 1992), page 257.

Could Mayan Flowers Really Be Vaginas?

Is this first character really a Water Lily? Especially considering the package this jaguar is sporting? (See reddened circles.) The bisymmetry of the “u…

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Words Beginning With “STR”

The sound “str” is all about objects that are straight, or have structure: “straw” in “strawberries,” for instance, are little straight lines that align. When…

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Words Beginning With “CR”

The sound “cr” implies a narrow hole, such as a crack or crevice, or even something bigger that might hold a creature, such as…

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Words Beginning With “CL”

The sound “cl” implies two or more things that cluster together because they are very close. They might share a hinge or symmetry or…

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Words Beginning With “GR”

The sound “gr” is all about watching the growth of green things: grapes, grass, grain, which all gradually ripen, and when they reach the grocery store,…

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Words Beginning With “TH”

Words that begin with “th” are often about other people: One of the biggest holidays in the United States is Thanksgiving, and it always falls…

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Words Beginning With “SH”

There are many types of shells: eggshells, seashells, and the outer shell of beans, but all are a shelter for what is inside. “Sh!”…

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Words Beginning With “GL”

The sound “GL” has “reflection” at its root because “glacier” and “glaze” show characteristics of ice, which glows when light hits it. Icing or…

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Words Beginning With “FR”

The sound “fr” suggests fragmentation. Freckles are fragments of melanin. French fries are fractions of potato. Human fractures make one frail. A frog jumps…

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Words Beginning With “BR”

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Language operates on metaphor: The sound “Br” imparts the sense of “branch”—and the actual branch turns into practical broom or brush: a tool. Attributes…

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Words Beginning With “BL”

The sound “BL” implies a relationship with eyes: “blink” is two eyes closing and opening—“blind” is when they never reopen. The colors “blue” and…

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More evidence that the “V” shape means “female”— this time in Linear B (circa 1,450 BC)

The vagina is the most consistently represented concept in all writing across all literate cultures. Female mammals are the basis of written language.

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Bibliography

For Jennifer Ball’s theory on the origins of language which takes a Darwinian approach to written scripts. Proposed: That all ancient written languages reflect…

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“V” has meant “female” for 6,400 years

The top character means “female sheep/ewe.” This marking and the examples below are taken from Before Writing Vol. I (©1992) by Denise Schmandt-Besserat, page 143. The complex…

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Chinese word for “heart” 心 comes from a penis

The website http://hanziyuan.net (originally ChineseEtymology.org) is phenomenal, and the amount of work put into it is impressive, but I think it’s pretty clear from…

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Letter A: From Hawk to Ox

The oldest Egyptian hieroglyphs to have been discovered were inscribed around 3200 BC, fully formed, with no clear antecedent. This is more than 5,000…

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Fig. 2 We don't recognize the alphabet's Times Roman capital “B” as related to "mother," but four other cultures do. The Chinese character for “milk” has the "female" radical on the left, and a “B”-shape on right. The Chinese character for “pregnant” has a “B” shape with the word for "child" emerging from its bottom. The Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph for “milk,” rotated 90° clockwise to facilitate comparison was pronounced /irtt/ or "to make TT" which sounds a lot like "tit" or "teat." The Thai character for “mother” has two lower case "b's," which resemble the word "boobs" as well as the actual appendages. The last character is Sumerian for "child," one who sucks milk from her mother. All of these words have both “B” shapes and meanings that relate to "mother." The breast imagery has been highlighted in blue.

Breasts, Vaginas, and Tools: Musings on the roots of our alphabet

If you want to describe something to someone, but neither of you speak the same language, drawing a picture is the simplest way to…

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Sporky the Pig

My pig discovered glass today. He understood that there was some insurmountable clear space which he didn’t understand, nor could he get through. Nothing…

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Chinese Quadruple Radicals

By Jennifer Ball and Maggie Li (李琪) Quadruple radicals are not common, but they do give a sense of what one character means four…

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Chinese Triple Radicals

If one radical means X, three radicals should mean 3X, so studying triple radicals, even if some are archaic, tells you a lot about…

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Seal-Ovum-“gp”-Shaped Analysis

卵 ovum – luan3 (leon2 leon5 lo5) 孵 hatch, sit on eggs –  fu1 (fu1) 㲉 eggshells – kai4 ke2 (dik1 hok3) 毈 fertile eggs;…

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Rice congee looks a lot like semen

Rice-Semen Analysis of Chinese Characters

Rice-semen metaphor analysis Compiled by Jennifer Ball © September 4, 2010 Black = rice (米 or 禾) component Blue = essence, youth 青component Green…

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Female substructures (乃,丫,丑,母,etc.) in Chinese script

Females in Chinese Script by Jennifer Ball © February 16, 2011 Why is “Y” at the end of our alphabet? Because the shape of…

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Vaginas depicted in Sumerian: a database with commentary

This is the Sumerian word for “woman,” rotated 90° clockwise. During the development of their writing, the Sumerians rotated everything counter-clockwise by 90° for…

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Men’s taste in women hasn’t changed much

  05/18/2012 / Jennifer Ball / No Comments Avatar, 2010, is seen to the left. Hathor, the cow-woman goddess, circa 500 B.C., is seen…

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Cantonese characters for penis and vagina

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Argument for a Structural Analysis of Chinese Characters

㧕 to feel or touch with hands; to hold, to lay the hand on, to cover jiu4 liu3 yu2 (lau5) 捫 lay hands on;…

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4 = West = Wine

A Structural Analysis of Written Chinese The book Reading and writing Chinese: a guide to the Chinese writing system, the student’s 1,020 list, the…

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Was Chinese simplification a way to make the characters look less like pictures?

Sept. 20, 2011 Class 3 Berkeley Extension 425 Market Street San Francisco, CA Professor: Virginia Mau (pronounced “Mew”) Notes taken and commentary (marked by“Note:”)…

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Fish plus salt equals harmony in Sumerian cuneiform.

Harmony “hamun” is fish plus salt in Sumerian

Sumerian cuneiform is considered the oldest written language. Sumerian is the spoken language, cuneiform is the script; just like English is our language, but…

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Music, the ultimate narcotic, lulls one to sleep (along with milk)

05/27/2011 / No Comments Musician “Nar” is the Sumerian word for “musician” 643 times, yet this character looks like a female cat holding up…

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Breasts vs. Testes: which primate has the largest? Jared Diamond knows

“Asymmetric adultery laws…genital mutilation of women: these behaviors are unique to the human species, defining humanity as does the invention of the alphabet.” —…

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Greek and Sumerian agree: Malag/malakos = prostitute/secondary wife—And an excellent source of milk

“Milkah” meant “queen” in the Bible, possibly because she bore her uncle eight children, because that was the kind of relationship you had with…

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