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  1. Does 歸納 wrongly conflate deduction and induction, which are different reasonings. Watch this Youtube video.

  1. Anyhow, how do 歸 and 納 semantically appertain 歸納? What semantic notions underlie 歸納? Neither 歸 nor 納 signify deduction, induction, or summarization.

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Oxford Chinese Dictionary (2010) pp 272.

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Op. cit. p 516.

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歸 - return --> put things to where they belong

e.g. 將芭比娃娃和 G.I 乔可动人偶歸為一類 (玩偶) - Put Barbie dolls and G.I Joe action figures into one category (dolls)

納 - bring in --> bring things in the group they belong

e.g. 將廣東話和客家話納為一類 (南方方言) - bring Cantonese and Hakka into one category - (Southern dialect)

歸納 = to sum up/ to summarize

Example: 歸納以上各點得出來的結論是⋯ The conclusion drawn from summing up the above points is ...

Neither 歸 nor 納 signify deduction, induction, or summarization.

  • 歸 does signify deduction, when you return things to where they belong, you deduct them from the uncategorized pile

  • 納 does signify induction, when you bring in things to where they belong, you induct them into the categorized pile

  • As for 歸納 signify summarization, it is explained in this post

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