ERIC Number: ED155918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Is the Language Responsible for the Lack of Science (or Certain Patterns of Thinking) in Chinese Civilization? A Linguist's View.
Chu, Chauncey C.
The Chinese language has long been regarded, mostly by historians and philosophers, as an inadequate vehicle for developing science. This is because the Chinese have developed only correlational logic, analogical thought and relational thinking, which are inappropriate to science. The cause is said to be the structure of Chinese, specifically: (1) the subjectless nature; (2) the lack of a grammatical "it"; and (3) the lack of "be" to express "being." This paper examines these three features and concludes that, from a linguistic point of view, none of these characteristics can be found to constitute any problem for scientific reasoning or other thought processes. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (18th, Knoxville, Tennessee, April 7-8, 1978)