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The meaning of "happiness" (xingfu) and "emotional pain" (tongku) in Chinese

Ye, Zhengdao


This paper undertakes detailed meaning analyses of xìngfú, a concept central to contemporary Chinese discourse on “happiness,” and its opposite tòngkŭ (‘emotional anguish/suffering/pain’). Drawing data from five Chinese corpora and applying the semantic techniques developed by Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) researchers, the present study reveals a conceptualization of happiness that is markedly different from that encoded in the English concept of happiness. Particularly, the analysis...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: "Happiness "and "Pain" across Languages and Cultures


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