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Names Have Memories: History, Semantic Identity and Conflict in Mongolian and Chinese Language Use

Names Have Memories: History, Semantic Identity and Conflict in Mongolian and Chinese Language Use <jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Nomenclatural tension and pragmatic incongruence underscore the Inner Mongols’ resistance to sinicisation and the process of their integration into the newly constructed nation- state of China. This paper focuses on the interplay between the original sense and the translated meaning of some ethnic, state, and place names that travel inter–lingually between Mongolian and Chinese in modern Inner Mongolian history. It challenges the Chinese nation- building elite’s agenda to depoliticise minzu through lessening, diluting, and assimilating ethnic diversities into Chinese homogeneity.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Inner Asia Brill

Names Have Memories: History, Semantic Identity and Conflict in Mongolian and Chinese Language Use

Inner Asia , Volume 9 (1): 23 – Jan 1, 2007

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Brill
Copyright
© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1464-8172
eISSN
2210-5018
DOI
10.1163/146481707793646629
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Abstract

<jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>Nomenclatural tension and pragmatic incongruence underscore the Inner Mongols’ resistance to sinicisation and the process of their integration into the newly constructed nation- state of China. This paper focuses on the interplay between the original sense and the translated meaning of some ethnic, state, and place names that travel inter–lingually between Mongolian and Chinese in modern Inner Mongolian history. It challenges the Chinese nation- building elite’s agenda to depoliticise minzu through lessening, diluting, and assimilating ethnic diversities into Chinese homogeneity.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

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Inner AsiaBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2007

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