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In: A Phonological Reconstruction of Proto-Hlai
In: Case Alternations in Five Finnic Languages
In: A Grammar of Guìqióng
Author: Ivo Spira


The first chapter introduces the topic of the book along with its sources, methodology, and analytical concepts. The book’s main thesis is that public discourse in China was transformed in a major way during the period 1895–1925, resulting in the rise of a reductionist kind of argumentation that made extensive use of -isms, a type of concept that was created in Chinese based on Japanese and Western models, expressed as words ending in -zhǔyì (‘-ism’). From the start Chinese -isms played an important role in the mapping of the new intellectual landscape, but over the years the ideological dimension of Chinese -isms became dominant. Chinese -isms thus ended up playing an important role historically, as society itself underwent a profound reorganization along ideological lines in the 1920s. In order to explore this topic, articles from the reformist and revolutionary press in late Qing and early Republican China have been chosen as primary sources. The Introduction discusses the analytical concepts of ‘ideology’, ’keyword’, ‘key concept, ‘ismatic concept’, and so forth, as well the relationship between language, concepts and ideology.

In: A Conceptual History of Chinese -Isms
In: Evidentials in Ryukyuan: the Shuri Variety of Luchuan
In: The Peoples of Northeast Asia through Time
In: The Translation Chapter of the Late Ming Lulongsai Lüe
In: Latin at the Crossroads of Identity
In: The Peoples of Northeast Asia through Time