Jennifer Ball

The Role of the “Opposite” Dog 犭 Character in Chinese Writing

by Jennifer Ball and Xu Chao Using a Hanzi substructure-search engine designed by Xu Chao and Jennifer Ball (***This is a work in progress…

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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 (莫大伟) 密歇根大学亚洲语言文化学院 1997年 译者:李琪(Maggie Li)——苏州大学 译于2017年10月31日

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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Chinese cat script superimposed over Ancient Egyptian cat script.

“喵”是“猫”的另一种说法

Chapter 2 “喵”是“猫”的另一种说法 包珍妮 著于 2010年9月3日     李琪 译2013年7月30日    喵”是“猫”的另一种说法 包珍妮 著于 2010年9月3日 李琪 译2013年7月30日 汉字“猫”— mao (一声)的 发音是一个 持续的高 音,就像猫 的叫声。这 个汉字大概…

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

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I'll stop wearing black when they invent a darker color

#NoMoreDarkIsBad

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Black is the New Black

#NoMoreBlackIsBad

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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 mayan character for Water Lily and Jaguar

Could Mayan Flowers Really Be Vaginas?

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

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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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“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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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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Princesses celebrate with hidden word "princess"

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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Females 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 / Comments Off on Men’s taste in women hasn’t changed much Avatar, 2010, is seen to the left. Hathor, the cow-woman goddess, circa…

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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 / Comments Off on Music, the ultimate narcotic, lulls one to sleep (along with milk) Musician “Nar” is the Sumerian word for “musician”…

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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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