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Article: Linnaeus and Chinese plants: A test of the linguistic imperialism thesis

TitleLinnaeus and Chinese plants: A test of the linguistic imperialism thesis
Authors
KeywordsGinseng
Hortus Malabaricus
Joseph Needham
Linnaeus
Osbeck
Tea
Issue Date2010
PublisherThe Royal Society. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.pubs.royalsoc.ac.uk/index.cfm?page=1083#
Citation
Notes And Records Of The Royal Society, 2010, v. 64 n. 2, p. 121-138 How to Cite?
AbstractIt has been alleged that Carolus Linnaeus practised Eurocentrism, sexism and racism in naming plant genera after famous botanists, and excluding 'barbarous names'. He has therefore been said to practise 'linguistic imperialism'. This paper examines whether Linnaeus applied 'linguistic imperialism' to the naming of Chinese plants. On the basis of examples such as Thea (1/4Camellia), Urena, Basella, Annona, Sapindus (1/4Koelreuteria), and Panax, I conclude that Linnaeus used generic names of diverse origins. However, he misidentified Chinese plants' habitats, and acted on these misapprehensions. © 2009 The Royal Society.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/90309
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.404
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.212
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dc.contributor.authorCook, Aen_HK
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dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationNotes And Records Of The Royal Society, 2010, v. 64 n. 2, p. 121-138en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0035-9149en_HK
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dc.description.abstractIt has been alleged that Carolus Linnaeus practised Eurocentrism, sexism and racism in naming plant genera after famous botanists, and excluding 'barbarous names'. He has therefore been said to practise 'linguistic imperialism'. This paper examines whether Linnaeus applied 'linguistic imperialism' to the naming of Chinese plants. On the basis of examples such as Thea (1/4Camellia), Urena, Basella, Annona, Sapindus (1/4Koelreuteria), and Panax, I conclude that Linnaeus used generic names of diverse origins. However, he misidentified Chinese plants' habitats, and acted on these misapprehensions. © 2009 The Royal Society.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherThe Royal Society. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.pubs.royalsoc.ac.uk/index.cfm?page=1083#en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofNotes and Records of the Royal Societyen_HK
dc.subjectGinsengen_HK
dc.subjectHortus Malabaricusen_HK
dc.subjectJoseph Needhamen_HK
dc.subjectLinnaeusen_HK
dc.subjectOsbecken_HK
dc.subjectTeaen_HK
dc.titleLinnaeus and Chinese plants: A test of the linguistic imperialism thesisen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailCook, A: cookga@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1098/rsnr.2009.0051en_HK
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