Meaning literally to prop and rotate (Kroll 2015 453, 479), the term tiao‘wo, as most scholars believe, is a noun that refers to a component in the timber frame structure used in the interior of a building with an open-frame roof structure (cheshang mingzao 徹上明造; i.e. without a ceiling). Tiao'wo appears in the Yingzao fashi (1103) four times (YZFS 2009, 1.8a, 4.6a, 6.9b, 18.7a). There are two types of tiao'wo. (1) As a part of a component, tiao'wo refers to the upward end of a xia'ang in a bujian puzuo. This kind of tiaowo is also called an "ang-tail tiaowo" (angwei tiaowo 昂尾挑斡) by some scholars. Sometimes it can also refer to the upward end of a shuatou. (2) As a separate component, tiaowo refers to an oblique element without pointed shape, a particular form of xia'ang. Some scholars believe this is the angting tiaowo 昂桯挑斡 mentioned in Yingzao fashi (Zhu 2018). 3
This kind of tiaowo is also called "tiaowo without ang" (buchu ang tiaowo 不出昂挑斡) by some scholars. Whether it is a separate element or a part of a component, modern scholars agree that there are two essential features of tiaowo. One is that a tiaowo must have one end reaching up towards the xiapingtuan 下平榑; the other is that a tiaowo works like a cantilever structurally (Zhang 2002; Zhu 2018). Its function is to connect bujian puzuo and xiapingtuan in a cheshang mingzao building (Yu and Xu, 2016).4
Chen Mingda once argued that tiaowo originally functioned as a verb (Chen 1981,99). He suggested that the meaning of the word could be extended to refer to an action of an element in a building in which one end is overhanging and is load-bearing from above (Chen 2010, 253). Both tiao and wo are verbs and have a similar range of meanings (Hanyu dacidian). Furthermore, the Yingzao fashi includes texts from the Song and Yuan dynasties in which tiaowo functions as a verb. Therefore, although few scholars believe tiaowo functions as a verb now, the hypothesis that tiaowo once indicated an action rather than a name of a specific object has merit and should be taken into consideration.5
Scholars have thus far not been able to conclusively distinguish tiaowo from shang'ang and angting. However, if we agree with Chen and Pan that shang’ang was not used on the interior of eaves puzuo (bracketing), that tiaowo is an action instead of a term for a specific component part, and that angting is a strut without ang tip, then all of these elements in the Yingzao fashi can be reasonably explained. However, further evidence is necessary to form a concrete conclusion.
然而，陳明達認為“挑斡”原為動詞 (陳 1981，99)；這一含義也延申為構件一端懸空，上面承受荷重的形式，并不限於用于斗栱的構件 (陳 2010, 253)。儘管目前學者通常並不將“挑斡”視爲動詞，但結合“挑”“斡”二字的本意（漢語大詞典），《營造法式》同時代其他文本中“挑斡”的用法，及《營造法式》中與鋪作無關的兩處“挑斡”來看，“挑斡”解為動詞或一種動作，而非特定構件的名稱，是有説服力和解釋力的觀點，也能使《營造法式》中的四處“挑斡”都得到較為合理的解釋。5
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- 1 陳. 2010. 《營造法式》辭解, 253.
- 2 KROLL. 2015. A Student's Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese, 453, 479.
- 3 KROLL. 2015. A Student's Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese, 453, 479.; 李. 2009. 營造法式(故宫藏抄本), 1.8a, 4.6a, 6.9b, 18.7a.; 朱. 2018. 《营造法式》中“挑斡”与“昂桯”及其相关概念辨析, 28-31.
- 4 张. 2002. 南方上昂与挑斡作法探析, 31-45, 290.; 俞. 2016. 晋东南地区五代宋元时期补间铺作挑斡形制分期及流变初探, 21-40.
- 5 陳. 1981. 營造法式大木作研究, 99.; 陳. 2010. 《營造法式》辭解, 253.; 漢語大詞典編纂処. 2011. 漢語大詞典
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Bibliography:ZHUGE Jing 諸葛净 et al., “ 挑斡 tiǎowò.” In Architectura Sinica, edited by Tracy Miller. Entry published March 12, 2021. https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000138.
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