The synaesthetic & metaphorical uses of wei 'taste' in Chinese Buddhist texts

Jiajuan Xiong, Chu-ren Huang

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Abstract

This paper investigates the non-gustatory uses of the gustatory word wei 'taste' in Chinese Buddhist texts, in particular, in the Agamas. The non-gustatory uses of wei 'taste' basically fall into two categories: The synaesthetic category and the metaphorical category. The former features the use of wei 'taste' as an umbrella sensory term which can collocate with all the other sensory words, whereas the latter shows that wei 'taste' can modify abstract and sublime Buddhist terms, such as fa 'dhamma' and jietuo 'enlightenment', for the sake of concretization. These two categories of uses have one sense in common: The sense of "pleasure and joy", which can be interpreted in both mundane and supra-mundane levels, depending on the context. Moreover, we find that the versatile uses of wei 'taste' are most likely to be influenced by its equivalent in the Pali Buddhist texts. This finding sheds light on the history of Chinese language development, specifically, how Chinese language has been influenced by Buddhist text translation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 30th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2016
PublisherInstitute for the Study of Language and Information
Pages485-492
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9788968174285
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Event30th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2016 - Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 28 Oct 201630 Oct 2016

Conference

Conference30th Pacific Asia Conference on Language, Information and Computation, PACLIC 2016
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period28/10/1630/10/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Information Systems

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