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  1. Investigations of an Anti-Semiote: Stanisław Lem’s Semiotic Ideas in Light of Semiotic Functionalism of Jerzy Pelc.Jarosław Boruszewski - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (240):41-56.
    At the turn of 1960s and 1970s, Stanisław Lem devoted some of his non-fiction writing to a discussion and considerations of semiotics. Most of them were expressions of a critical approach mainly directed against structuralism. However, Lem also formulated some positive statements although they were not developed systematically. The article offers an analysis of Lem’s semiotic ideas from the perspective of semiotic functionalism of Jerzy Pelc, mainly considering its two main components: contextualism and typological approach. Special attention is paid to (...)
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  2. An Introduction: Use and Meaning – a Special Issue of Semiotica Devoted to Jerzy Pelc.Tadeusz Ciecierski - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (240):1-4.
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  3. Token Reflexivity and Logic.Geoff Georgi - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (240):241-259.
    Token-reflexive theories of indexicals – words like ‘I,’ ‘here,’ and ‘today’ – are widely thought to face a problem in account for intuitively valid arguments involving indexicals. Yet all discussions of the problem with which I am familiar focus on particular examples or on particular rules of inference. In this paper, I first state the problem in its full generality, and then argue that two recent attempts to reject the problem fail. Finally, I consider the proposal by García-Carpintero that demonstratives (...)
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  4. On How to Legitimately Constrain a Semantic Theory.Joan Gimeno-Simó - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (240):97-127.
    Semanticists often restrict their theories by imposing constraints on the parameters that can be employed for interpreting the expressions of a language. Such constraints are based on non-logical features of actual contexts of utterance, but they often have important effects on issues that do pertain to logic, like analyticity or entailment. For example, Kaplan’s restriction to so-called “proper contexts” was required in order to count “I am here now” as valid. In this paper I argue that constraints of this kind (...)
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  5. Are Representations Glorified Receptors? On Use and Usage of Mental Representations.Paweł Grabarczyk - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (240):335-350.
    In the paper I present an application of Jerzy Pelc’s functional semiotics to contemporary cognitive science. I argue that, even though the original theory addressed only linguistic representations, it can be fruitfully applied to mental representations. I show how Pelc’s distinction between use and usage helps us clarify the notion of mental representations and how it makes it immune to skeptical challenges presented in contemporary cognitive science literature.
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  6. Groundwork for a Pragmatics for Formalized Languages.David Kashtan - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (240):211-239.
    The use-mention distinction is elaborated into a four-way distinction between use, formal mention, material mention and pragmatic mention. The notion of pragmatic mention is motivated through the problem of monsters in Kaplanian indexical semantics. It is then formalized and applied in an account of schemata in formalized languages.
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  7. Omnipresent Meaning-Interdependence and Ubiquitous Analyticity.Filip Kawczyński - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (240):317-334.
    In this paper I investigate the nature of the relation between meaning-interdependence and analyticity. The theory within which meaning-interdependence reaches its peak and becomes omnipresent is meaning holism, according to which every two expressions are meaning-interdependent. A lot of people reject holism partially due to the impression that the theory leads to the picture in which language is self-sufficient in the sense that it is nothing but a game of meanings which is detached from reality. What stands behind that impression (...)
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  8. Names of Places.Katarzyna Kijania-Placek - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (240):187-210.
    The thesis advanced in this paper is that the proper names of cities or countries inherit the linguistic types of the nouns which denote the basic category of the objects the names refer to. As a result, in the case of the proper names of cities or countries, a reference by those names may select particular aspects of those objects, in the same way that book or newspaper selects the physical or informational aspects of objects in the extension of the (...)
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  9. Sounds and Gestures of Linguistic Reference: The Endurance of Reality in the Poetry of Wallace Stevens.Melih Levi - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (240):351-374.
    The article seeks a rapprochement between pragmatic and semantic theories of language by returning to a breaking point in the history of philosophy, the middle of the twentieth century, when these theoretical models began to evolve into distinct schools of thought. Philosophical accounts of this period explore various and intertwined dependencies between semantics and context; however, they only implicitly examine the potential of sounds and bodily gestures in bringing descriptive clarity to the modes and limits of such dependencies. The article (...)
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  10. The Representation of Gappy Sentences in Four-Valued Semantics.Genoveva Martí & José Martínez-Fernández - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (240):145-163.
    Three-valued logics are standardly used to formalize gappy languages, i.e., interpreted languages in which sentences can be true, false or neither. A three-valued logic that assigns the same truth value to all gappy sentences is, in our view, insufficient to capture important semantic differences between them. In this paper we will argue that there are two different kinds of pathologies that should be treated separately and we defend the usefulness of a four-valued logic to represent adequately these two types of (...)
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  11. Functional Logical Semiotics of Natural Language.Joanna Odrowąż-Sypniewska - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (240):5-22.
    In the first part of my paper I briefly present Jerzy Pelc’s functional approach to logical semiotics of natural language. This approach focuses on the use of natural language expressions and on its dependence on context and conversational situation. One of the important goals of this analysis is to appreciate the role of sentences in natural language and stress that it is by means of sentences that language fulfills its main roles. However, for Pelc almost any expression can be used (...)
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  12. Indexicals and Essential Demonstrations.Carlo Penco - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (240):261-284.
    In this paper, I discuss some of Maximilian de Gaynesford’s arguments regarding indexicals. Although I agree with his treatment of the first singular personal pronoun as a prototype of demonstrative expressions, I challenge his refusal to treat indexicals as complex demonstratives. To offer an alternative to this refusal I try to develop a common ground from different theories that consider indexicals as linguistic constructions that embed a nonlinguistic element, following an original idea in Frege’s latest writings. These views form the (...)
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  13. On the Logical Form and Ontology of Inferences in Conversational Implicatures.Denis Perrin - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (240):285-315.
    This paper is about the pragmatic inferences in play as conversational implicatures occur. First, it constructs the deductivism versus abductivism debate that transpires from the extant literature but is rarely elaborated. Against deductivism, the paper argues that implicating inferences in conversational implicatures can instantiate an abductive logical form, as abductivism suggests. Against abductivism, however, it grants to deductivism that implicating inferences can have a deductive form provided the latter is of a defeasible type. In sum, it thus argues for pluralist (...)
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  14. Four Puzzling Paragraphs: Frege on ‘≡’ and ‘=’.John Perry, Kepa Korta & María de Ponte - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (240):75-95.
    In §8 of his Begriffsschrift, Gottlob Frege discusses issues related to identity. Frege begins his most famous essay, “On Sense and Denotation”, published 13 years later, by criticizing the view advocated in §8. He returns to these issues in the concluding paragraph. Controversies continue over these important passages. We offer an interpretation and discuss some alternatives. We defend that in the Begriffsschrift, Frege does not hold that identity is a relation between signs. §8 of the Begriffsschrift is motivated by the (...)
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  15. Fictional Names, Their Use and Pragmatic Interpretations.Tomasz Puczyłowski - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (240):165-185.
    The aim of the paper is to defend the view according to which all simple fictional sentences are meaningless. If their assertions seem to convey some truth evaluable information, and fictional sentences themselves seem to be true or false, it is because some pragmatic mechanisms are operative, enabling the expression of propositions not encoded in the semantic content of these sentences. According to some theorists, the mechanisms responsible for that process are the same as those responsible for generating conversational implicatures. (...)
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  16. Łukasiewicz, Determinism, and the Four-Valued System of Logic.Zuzana Rybaříková - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (240):129-143.
    Jan Łukasiewicz is known primarily as the founder of the three-valued system of logic. It is also generally renowned that his reason for introducing many-valued systems of logic was an attempt to refute determinism. When he developed the three-valued and n-valued logic, he employed these systems in his arguments against determinism. On the contrary, Łukasiewicz preferred the four-valued system of logic that is not suitable for a refutation of determinism in his latest period. It seems, however, that determinism still interested (...)
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  17. Metaphilosophical Metamorphoses of Analytic Philosophy of Language.Tadeusz Szubka - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (240):57-74.
    The paper begins with an account of the emergence of analytic philosophy of language in the twentieth century in the context of the development of logic and the linguistic turn. Subsequently, it describes two examples of analytic philosophy of language in its heyday when the discipline was conceived as first philosophy. Finally, it provides, by way of conclusion, a succinct outline of the current state of philosophy of language, marked by modesty and fragmentation. It is claimed that even if one (...)
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  18. The Manner of Use, the Uses and Sub-Uses of Terms in Social Sciences: From the Functional Approach to Natural Language to Applied Semiotics and the Philosophy of Science.Michał Roman Węsierski - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (240):23-39.
    The functional approach to natural language emerged in the late 1960s. It focused on the use and the sub-use of language expressions, taking into account role of the language context and the extra-linguistic situation of a given statements. This approach referred, both conceptually and methodologically, to the tradition of British analytical philosophy of language on the one hand, and to the achievements of the Lvov-Warsaw School on the other. It seems that despite the passage of more than half a century (...)
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    Narration et prédation: Pascal Quignard et la théorie cynégétique du récit.Cristina Àlvares - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (239):81-97.
    RésuméNotre propos est de réunir quelques réflexions de Pascal Quignard sur le récit afin d’en dégager les coordonnées ou les prémisses d’une théorie narrative chez cet écrivain qui, n’étant pas un théoricien, est sans doute quelqu’un qui fait œuvre de pensée. Notre hypothèse est que, situées dans le cadre d’une épistémologie naturaliste et d’un récit anthropogénétique au sein duquel la prédation joue un rôle majeur, en particulier celui de condition de possibilité de la narration, les spéculations de Quignard s’élaborent sur (...)
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  20. Pragmatic Impacts, Representation, and Regulation.Noury Bakrim - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (239):147-168.
    This article suggests a model of uttering/énonciation as representational activity throughout the observable case of both impersonal injunctions and collaborative interaction. Being a dynamic relation at the intersection of notions, language and world, reference, this model integrates a new paradigm into the realm of discursive linguistics, the described morphodynamic language phenomenon instead of the described hypothesis emanating from “structuralized” grammars. We thus discuss one aspect of the interaction adjustment/distortion beyond mere projection, considering distortion as a relevant marker of the described (...)
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  21. Signic Knowledge: Its Niche in Semiotics and its Various Aspects.Liqin Cao & Yiqiang Jin - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (239):225-242.
    Signic knowledge is a crucial link without which the sign as a phenomenon tumbles to the ground. This topic, however, can hardly be incorporated by any existing theory of semiotics. Under the framework of “the theory of intentional sign,” signic knowledge can find its proper niche as an element of the “context” of a sign process. This niche furnishes a good basis on which to investigate the various aspects of signic knowledge, like its role, nature, origin, and life. Signic knowledge (...)
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    Operationalizing Peirce’s Syllabus in Terms of Icons and Stereotypes.Richard Clemmer - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (239):265-285.
    Peirce’s Syllabus is examined and used to interpret metaphoric iconic stereotypes applied to Indigenous people: “noble savage,” “bloodthirsty savage,” “domestic dependent nation,” “vanishing race,” “Indian tribe,” and “ecological Indian.” Efforts on the part of the Indigenous to replace the these stereotypes with different icons such as “Native American,” “First Nations,” and, most recently, “water protectors,” are also examined. The usefulness of representamen categories from Peirce’s Syllabus, “rhematic,” “Argument,” “dicent,” “indexical,” “qualisign,” “legisign,” and “sinsign,” is demonstrated. Greimas’ observations about the functions (...)
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  23. Joint Origins of Speech and Music: Testing Evolutionary Hypotheses on Modern Humans.Bart de Boer & Andrea Ravignani - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (239):169-176.
    How music and speech evolved is a mystery. Several hypotheses on their origins, including one on their joint origins, have been put forward but rarely tested. Here we report and comment on the first experiment testing the hypothesis that speech and music bifurcated from a common system. We highlight strengths of the reported experiment, point out its relatedness to animal work, and suggest three alternative interpretations of its results. We conclude by sketching a future empirical programme extending this work.
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  24. Spatial Diagrams and Geometrical Reasoning in the Theater.Irit Degani-Raz - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (239):177-200.
    This article offers an analysis of the cognitive role of diagrammatic movements in the theater. Based on the recognition of a theatrical work’s inherent ability to provide new insights concerning reality, the article concentrates on the way by which actors’ movements on stage create spatial diagrams that can provide new insights into the spectators’ world. The suggested model of theater’s epistemology results from a combination of Charles S. Peirce’s doctrine of diagrammatic reasoning and David Lewis’s theoretical account of the truth (...)
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    Hyper(in)Visibility and Urban-Mediatic Populism in São Paulo: A Sociosemiotic Approach.Paolo Demuru - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (239):61-80.
    The aim of this article is to tackle the sociosemiotic strategies through which the relation between power and visibility is articulated in today’s metropolitan São Paulo. Drawing on the theoretical-methodological framework of Greimasian and post-Greimasian semiotics, the following hypotheses are put forth: contemporary São Paulo is characterized by a true visual hypertrophy, which manifests itself, all at once, in both its architectural and mediatic landscapes; in São Paulo, power is hypervisible and apparently transparent; the excess of images, gazes, and perspectives (...)
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    Measuring Diagram Quality Through Semiotic Morphisms.André Freitas & Guy Clarke Marshall - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (239):125-145.
    This paper outlines a method to assess the effectiveness of diagrams, from semiotic foundations. In doing so, we explore the Peircian notion of signification, as applied to diagrammatic representations. We review a history of diagrams, with particular emphasis on schematics used for representing systems, and uncover the neglect of semiotic analysis of diagrammatic representations. Through application of category theory to the Peircian triadic model, we propose a set of quantitative quality measures for diagrams, and a framework for their assessment, based (...)
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  27. ‘Away’ Gestures Associated with Negative Expressions in Narrative Discourse in Syuba (Kagate, Nepal) Speakers.Lauren Gawne - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (239):37-59.
    This article examines the formal and functional features of a recurring ‘away’ gesture in Syuba. The formal properties of this gesture include a pronation of the forearms to bring the palms downward while the fingers spread away, and is most often performed with both hands. Functionally, it is found with utterances that signal negation, particularly the absence of something. A growing body of literature links ‘away’ trajectories with negation, or negative evaluation of speech content cross-linguistically. The temporal alignment between these (...)
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  28. Towards a Stratified Metafunctional Model of Animation.Yufei He - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (239):1-35.
    Animation is widely acknowledged for dynamically visualizing information and has been increasingly used in educational context. However, the growing presence of educational animation has not been accompanied by well-informed studies that focus on the semiotic features of animation. An emerging perspective influenced by Social Semiotics and Systemic Functional Linguistics greatly complements the current trend of animation studies in the field of science education. Studies taking that perspective model animation as stratified systems of meaning-making options. Building on their work, this paper (...)
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  29. Visual Affect in Films: A Semiotic Approach.Yi Jing - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (239):99-124.
    This study investigates affective meanings expressed in facial expressions and bodily gestures from a semiotic perspective. Particularly, the study focuses on disentangling relations of affective meanings and exploring the meaning potential of facial expressions and bodily gestures. Based on the analysis of over three hundred screenshots from two films, this study proposes a system of visual affect, as well as a system of visual resources involved in the expression of visual affect. The system of visual affect makes a further step (...)
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  30. Modelizing Epistemologies: Organizing Catholic Sanctity From Calendar-Based Martyrologies to Today’s Mobile Apps.Gabriele Marino & Jenny Ponzo - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (239):201-223.
    The Catholic concept of “sanctity” can be thought of as a “cultural unit” composed of a wide variety of “grounds” or distinctive features. The figures of individual saints, i.e., tokens of sanctity, are characterized by a particular set of grounds, organized and represented in texts of different genres. This paper presents a semiotic study of texts seeking to offer an encompassing view of “sanctity” by listing all the saints and supplementing their names with a short description of their lives emphasizing (...)
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  31. Understanding and Translating Confucian Philosophy in the Analects: A Sociosemiotic Perspective.Fan Min - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (239):287-306.
    As the representative of Chinese classical works, the Analects represents a source of difficulty in both understanding and interpretation of Confucian philosophy. Confucian philosophy as a philosophy of creativity and otherness is closely related with the social and cultural values in society. Therefore, the study of Confucian philosophy in the Analects cannot be separated from the descriptive study of the effects of any and all aspects of society, including cultural norms, expectations, contexts, language use, and the effects of language use (...)
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  32. How Saussure is Misinterpreted in Cognitive Grammar.Shaojie Zhang & Yanfei Zhang - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (239):243-264.
    As the father of modern linguistics, Ferdinand de Saussure influences all aspects of linguistic development with no exception of Cognitive Grammar. A scrutiny of how Saussure is understood in Cognitive Grammar indicates that Saussurean linguistics is misinterpreted in terms of five core ideas: langue, rather than parole, is given highest priority; the internal relation of “signifier-signified” counts as the pairing of “form-meaning”; “arbitrariness” is contradictory to “symbolicity”; “arbitrariness” means “unmotivatedness”; arbitrariness is not the inherent nature of morphological and syntactic structures. (...)
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  33. Saussure’s “Anagrams”: A Case of Acousmatic Mistaken Identity?Fionn Bennett - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (238):181-198.
    In the course of his painstaking study of ancient verse, Ferdinand de Saussure came up with an intriguing theory about the phonetics of the poetry he scrutinised. He postulated that the “jeux phoniques” he detected in the texts he analysed was proof that their authors were attempting to “parasite” the surface level meaning of their verse with a “hypotexte.” This hypotexte consisted of “anagrams” of “mots thèmes” whose phonetic properties were “isosyllabically diffracted” throughout the rest of the host text. Today (...)
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  34. The Word Revisited: Introducing the CogSens Model to Integrate Semiotic, Linguistic, and Psychological Perspectives.Stine Evald Bentsen & Per Durst-Andersen - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (238):1-35.
    The paper develops a new holistic theory of the word by integrating semiotic, linguistic, and psychological perspectives and introduces the Cogitative-Sensory Word Model, the CogSens Model, that unites the human mind and body. Saussure’s two-sided sign is replaced by a Peirce-inspired three-sided conception in which the expression unit mediates two content units, namely, an idea content connected to the human mind and an image content linked to the human body. It is argued that it is the word that makes human (...)
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  35. Indexicality, Meaning, Use.Tadeusz Ciecierski - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (238):73-89.
    The article presents two concepts of indexicality. The first, more standard and narrow, identifies indexicality with systematic context-sensitivity. The second, broader, conceives indexicality in terms of the potential variability of the general semiotic characteristics expressions. The text introduces the concept of a pragmatic matrix that serves for a schematic representation of contextual variation. I also recapitulate briefly the views of Jerzy Pelc on the meaning and use of expressions, and briefly indicate its relationship approaches with contemporary debates around contextualism and (...)
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  36. Review of Umberto Eco in His Own Words. [REVIEW]Dario Compagno - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (238):279-289.
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  37. The Imagination, the Conscious, and the Unconscious in Jean Cocteau’s La Belle Et la Bête.Rebecca Dalvesco - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (238):199-209.
    Charles S. Peirce’s and Sigmund Freud’s theories may be used to interpret Jean Cocteau’s film La Belle et la Bête. This film has a specific set of codes which connote its filmic language. Cocteau uses fetishistic objects as symbols and icons to reflect the psychological meaning of the film’s narrative. Peirce’s icons and symbols include the connection a person may make through the conventions and expressions of language a person links with the object or idea being observed. Peirce’s semiotic theory (...)
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    RoboDoc: Semiotic Resources for Achieving Face-to-Screenface Formation with a Telepresence Robot.Brian L. Due - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (238):253-278.
    Face-to-face interaction is a primordial site for human activity and intersubjectivity. Empirical studies have shown how people reflexively exhibit a face orientation and work to establish a formation in which everyone is facing each other in local participation frameworks. The Face has also been described by, e.g., Levinas as the basis for a first ethical philosophy. Humans have established these Face-formations when interacting since time immemorial, but what happens when one of the participants is present through a telepresence robot? Based (...)
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  39. Wendt Versus Pollock: Toward Visual Semiotics in the Discipline of IR Theory.Serdar Güner - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (238):239-251.
    We focus on a key IR Theory article by Alexander Wendt and two Jackson Pollock paintings. Our aim is to identify meanings Pollock’s art communicates and reveals for Wendt. It derives from an appeal to visual imagination and a desire for semiotic interpretation of Constructivist view of anarchy. The visual sign is an association such that there is Wendt’s theoretical claim on the one hand and an abstract painting on the other. We do not gaze at Wendt’s claim, we read (...)
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  40. Epistemic Logic: All Knowledge is Based on Our Experience, and Epistemic Logic is the Cognitive Representation of Our Experiential Confrontation in Reality.Dan Nesher - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (238):153-179.
    Epistemic Logic is our basic universal science, the method of our cognitive confrontation in reality to prove the truth of our basic cognitions and theories. Hence, by proving their true representation of reality we can self-control ourselves in it, and thus refuting the Berkeleyian solipsism and Kantian a priorism. The conception of epistemic logic is that only by proving our true representation of reality we achieve our knowledge of it, and thus we can prove our cognitions to be either true (...)
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    Modèles logiques de la structure élémentaire de la signification: Templum, prisme sémiotique, carré sémiotique, cube sémiotique et autres.Arthur Poirier-Roy & Louis Hébert - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (238):91-124.
    RésuméLa sémiotique a inventé ou utilisé plusieurs modèles logiques pour représenter la structure élémentaire de la signification. Le carré sémiotique est sans doute l’un des plus célèbres de ces modèles. Il faut se demander, devant l’importance des phénomènes triadiques, si les modèles dyadiques sont adaptés à leur description ou s’il ne faudrait pas se tourner vers des modèles triadiques. Or, les modèles triadiques de la structure élémentaire de la signification nous apparaissent bien moins nombreux. À notre connaissance, seule la sémiotique (...)
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  42. The Symbolic Usage of Stone Beyond its Function as a Construction Material: Example of Residential Architecture in Iraqi Kurdistan.Rafooneh M. Sani & Sardar S. Shareef - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (238):37-59.
    This study examines the symbolic use of stone beyond its basic function as a construction material in architecture. It investigates the meaning of stone using Iraqi Kurdistan residential architecture as a case study. The theoretical framework of the study is developed through the content analysis method, by applying Hershberger’s basic model of meaning, and by exploring Krampen’s writings on semiotics in architecture. The relevant theoretical framework was tested through systematic physical observation of selected houses in Iraqi Kurdistan and by using (...)
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    The Soundscape as the Transformatrice in Some Dene Songs and Stories.Jasmine Spencer - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (238):125-151.
    In this article, I theorize the soundscape of Dene “myth”—stories and songs that are both philosophically and literally true—by defining an interpretive template for listening actively to these ecologically and spiritually powerful expressions. I offer two central and interlinked concepts for figuring the soundscape: narrative revitalization and animal grammar. Together these concepts describe the power of animal stories to live: and to enable life. As a key premise of my analysis, I accept Dene “myth” as true.
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    How Actions and Words Come to Make Sense in a Continuously Changing World of Work: A Case Study From Software Development.Josh Tenenberg, David Socha & Wolff-Michael Roth - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (238):211-238.
    To be successful, collaboration at work requires its participants to have a common sense about what is happening and where things are heading. But how can collaborators have such a sense in common if what is going on continuously changes? This study investigates the joint communicative work participants in collaborative activity do to remain aligned on how things are going and where things are at for the purpose of maintaining a ground in common. Our test case for illustrating this joint (...)
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  45. Between Interpretation and the Subject: Revisiting Bakhtin’s Theory of Polyphony.Hongbing Yu & Jie Zhang - 2021 - Semiotica 2021 (238):61-72.
    This paper affords a critical and historical reappraisal of Bakhtin’s theory of polyphony. It addresses the issue of the subjectivity of interpretation in the reception and formulation of this highly influential theory in literary semiotics. Following a revaluation of three major patterns of interpretation of polyphony that have emerged in the global field of literary theory since 1929, as well as Bakhtin’s shift in emphasis in 1963, we find that Bakhtin’s theorizing of polyphony, based on his seemingly inconsistent interpretation of (...)
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