The monograph, written for the specialists and researchers of Chinese philosophy, considers the development of traditional and modern Chinese epistemology and offers a full overview and new interpretations of specific Chinese theories of knowledge from 14c to the end of 20c. The departure point for the author is the thesis that the specifics of Chinese epistemology is reflected in the nature of how perception is structured. The author proves that both traditional and modern theories of knowledge in China belong to the so called relational epistemology.
The monograph is a contrastive study of voice in Japanese and Slovene, analysing more than 300 verbs in each of the languages. The study is exploring how voice is expressed in each language from the typological and syntactic point of view. Deep typological affinity between the two languages is revealed, as well as the basic difference, which is in the distribution of the means to express voice in each language. As the first such study for a Slavic language contrasted with Japanese the study has important implications for the linguistic typology and for the didactics of Japanese and Slovene.
The author stresses the importance of Augustine Hallerstein, who lived in China in 18c, as one of the pioneers of scientific and cultural contacts between Slovene territories and China during that period. Hallerstein had frequent contacts with Russians in Beijing. In his letters he mentions and comments upon their circumstances and describes their relations with the Chinese. He wrote about Russinas in Beijing, about Russian envoys, about their conflicts with the Chinese emperor etc. Hallerstein is thus a relevant witness of such important historical developments.
The study introduces boundary as a theoretical construct enabling a unified view of various linguistic phenomena. In the study pragmatics aspects of WA-topic and modal adverb based bracket structures in Japanese are examined from this point of view. Both phenomena are intrinsically connected with boundary marking: WA-topics serve to segment the text into content units while co-occurrence of modal adverbs with modality forms makes explicite the scope of a particular modality. Thus both phenomena besides their primary function also serve to reduce indeterminacy in communication.
In this intercultural study, the authors examined semantic structure on notions related to the attitudes towards health, life, science and technology in comparative perspective, comparing Slovene and Japanese female students. As a tool for empirical assessment of information based on subjective meanings of the words, they used AGA (analysis of group associations). Further, they arrived at the conceptualization of risk on cognitive and affective plane via the analysis of values based on associative model.