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Ideographic Fallacy: Historical and Conceptual Issues
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1. Definition and Early History

An “ideograph” (alternatively “ideogram”) is, insofar as we can take the term itself at face value, nothing other than a written mark, i.e., a ‘graph’ (γράφος), that stands directly for an ‘idea’ (ἰδέα), however this may be understood, with no intervening linguistic mediation. The word has no classical existenc…

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William G. BOLTZ, “Ideographic Fallacy: Historical and Conceptual Issues”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 20 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000188>
First published online: 2015

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