International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

On Different Numerical Culture between China and Western Country
Xiao Ling Yang

Being a social ideology, culture is a reflection of certain social politics and economy. It is featured by national and historical continuity. Language is the reflection of culture and studying language can promote the research of culture. However, numbers as a part of language, is important to study numerical cultural differences. With the frequent usage of numbers for communication in daily life between different countries, scholars are focusing on Chinese and Western numbers. Chinese people have different preferences and taboos in numbers from Westerner, affecting people’s judgment of the weal and woe. The paper tries to explore the preferences and taboos of number between China and western country. In addition, the reasons of numerical differences including mythology, religious belief, psychology and mode of thinking will be analyzed. It will make people have a profound understanding of Chinese and Western culture by providing a useful reference for cross-cultural communication.

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