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    Towards an Integration of Two Aspects of Semiosis – A Cognitive Semiotic Perspective.Piotr Konderak - 2021 - Sign Systems Studies 49 (1-2):132-165.
    Meaning-making processes, understood hierarchically, in line with the Semiotic Hierarchy framework, change on various timescales. To account for and predict these changes, one can take a cognitive view on semiosis. I adopt an interdis-ciplinary approach combining semiotic studies and cognitive studies in an attempt to account for meaning-making activity and to predict the course of semiosis. In this context, I consider meaning-making activity as shaped by both “external” (to a semiotic system) as well as “internal” factors. I also show how (...)
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    Uexküll and Whitehead on Meaning, Process and Life.Arthur Araújo - 2021 - Sign Systems Studies 48 (2-4):415-449.
    The paper approximates Jakob von Uexküll’s theory of meaning and the process-thought in Alfred Whitehead’s philosophy. As the main idea, the paper points at the compatibility of meaning and process according to the perspectives of Uexküll and Whitehead. It suggests that Uexküll’s common meaning rule can describe the processes of novelty in the world as does Whitehead’s principle of creativity. It is also suggested that Uexküll and Whitehead abandon a substantialist view of the organism – the organism means much more (...)
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    Platfospheres and Sociocultural Explosion of Web 2.0: The Commercial Centre of the Digital Semiosphere.Kristian Bankov - 2021 - Sign Systems Studies 48 (2-4):246-270.
    This paper explores digital culture with the tools of cultural semiotics in general, and then employing the semiosphere model in particular. Web 2.0 platforms are taken as the major cultural dispositive of our time, as the most representative way in which the internet shapes digital culture. Most of the global population is currently immersed in digital culture. In the first part of the paper the striking similarities between Web 2.0 platforms and the semiosphere are explored and equivalences between the elements (...)
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    Juri Lotman, Gilles Deleuze and Their Approaches to Cinema: Points of Intersection.Mihael Konstantinov - 2021 - Sign Systems Studies 48 (2-4):392-414.
    Engaging with the methods of studying contemporary digital audiovisual art is a dominant topic in contemporary theories of art. Against this background, the article offers a view onto some aspects of Juri Lotman’s and Gilles Deleuze’s studies on the cinema. As a rule, contemporary studies of digital audiovisual art take place in the context of interdisciplinary studies. One of the methodological principles of such studies consists in adopting a structural and semiotic approach. As of today, this methodological approach to studying (...)
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    Prisons as Total Institution Semiospheres.Erik Kõvamees - 2021 - Sign Systems Studies 48 (2-4):297-325.
    The main objective of this article is to combine Juri Lotman’s theory of the semiosphere – including its concepts of boundary, core, and periphery – with Erving Goffman’s theory of the total institution. The purpose is to develop a framework conducive to examining the prison as an object of study, equally emphasizing both its internal as well as external relations. This work positions itself within the contexts of the relative decline of the field of prison ethnography, few or no studies (...)
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    What We Can Learn From Semiotics, Systems Theory, and Theoretical Biology to Understand Religious Communication.Volkhard Krech - 2021 - Sign Systems Studies 48 (2-4):192-223.
    If religion is a socio-cultural meaning system as part of the socio-cultural sphere, then how does it relate to mental, organic, and physical processes that belong to the environment of religion? The article contributes to answering this question by referring to semiotics, systems theory, and theoretical biology. The starting point is understanding religious evolution as a co-evolution to societal evolution, namely, as one of the latter’s internal differentiations. In turn, societal evolution is a co-evolution to mental, organic, and physical evolution. (...)
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    Записки Из Подполья Ф. М. Достоевского В Свете Литературной Традиции: Семиотическая Постановка Вопроса.Katalin Kroó - 2021 - Sign Systems Studies 48 (2-4):326-349.
    В настоящей статье повесть Ф. М. Достоевского Записки из подполья рассматривается через концептуализацию литературной традиции в семиотическом контексте, в трех взаимосвязанных аспектах: дискурсивные формы отрицания и его смысловые перспективы ; семантизация идеи полноты и ориентированность художественного текста на осмысление семиотической природы изображаемого мира и изображающего поэтического языка. Если апофатизм в семиотическом плане проблематизирует парадоксальность попытки уловить невыражаемое в интенсивных формах языковой динамики, и познавать перспективы существования личности в описании форм несуществования или амбивалентного / непродуктивного существования, то придавая семиотическую установку изложению (...)
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    Uexküll Studies After 2001.Kalevi Kull - 2021 - Sign Systems Studies 48 (2-4):483-509.
    Jakob von Uexküll’s work was influential at the time of the biosemiotic turn in semiotics in the 1990s and, together with the hermeneutic and phenomenological approaches, laid the basis for a semiotic turn in biology without losing a connection to the morphology and physiology of organisms. His work appears to be attractive and promising in transforming the culture–nature divide into an understanding of the difference between the living and the non-living. The biological study of subjectivity makes the Uexküllian approach pertinent (...)
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    A Semiotic Approach to Language Ideologies: Modelling the Changing Icelandic Languagescape.Stephen Pax Leonard - 2021 - Sign Systems Studies 48 (2-4):271-296.
    Attempts have been made to examine how speakers frame linguistic varieties by employing social semiotic models. Using ethnographic data collected over many years, this article applies such a model to Iceland, once described as the ‘e-coli of linguistics’ – its size, historical isolation and relative linguistic homogeneity create conditions akin to a sociolinguistic laboratory. This semiotic model of language ideologies problematizes the prevailing discourse of linguistic purism at a time of sociolinguistic upheaval. The analysis shows how an essentializing scheme at (...)
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    Observing Wildlife Through the Eyes of Nils Lindahl Elliot.Nelly Mäekivi & Silver Rattasepp - 2021 - Sign Systems Studies 48 (2-4):510-518.
    Review of Observing Wildlife in Tropical Forests. 1: A Geosemeiotic Approach by Nils Lindahl Elliot. Bristol: Delome Publications, 2019, 480 pp.
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    On Political Semiotics.Andrey Makarychev - 2021 - Sign Systems Studies 48 (2-4):529-532.
    Review of Introducing Relational Political Analysis: Political Semiotics as a Theory and Method [Palgrave Studies in Relational Sociology] by Peeter Selg and Andreas Ventsel. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, 319 pp.
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    Trajectory: A Model of the Sign and of Semiosis.Winfried Nöth - 2021 - Sign Systems Studies 48 (2-4):182-191.
    This paper examines how far the model of the trajectory as a path that a moving object follows from a source to a goal is an adequate model of the sign and of semiotic processes. Just like intentions, meanings, and messages, also signs have sources and goals. A study of the terms by which the Ancient Greeks referred to signs reveals that the idea of goal-directedness is inherent in several respects in this early semiotic vocabulary. The paper studies Charles S. (...)
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    Conspiratorial Rationality.Ott Puumeister - 2021 - Sign Systems Studies 48 (2-4):519-528.
    Review of Strategic Conspiracy Narratives: A Semiotic Approach [Series Conspiracy Theories; Knight, Peter; Butter, Michael, series eds.] by Mari-Liis Madisson and Andreas Ventsel. London: Routledge, 2020, x+134 pp.
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    Peirce Chase’Ing Pythagoras.Rasmus Rebane - 2021 - Sign Systems Studies 48 (2-4):350-367.
    Despite the common knowledge that there is something “Pythagorean” about Charles Peirce’s phenomenology and classification of signs there is a manifest lack of inquiries into the matter. Perhaps there is too little to go on, as Pythagoras himself did not leave us any writings to consult. Nevertheless, much of ancient Greek philosophy bears an unmistakable Pythagorean stamp, and Iamblichus’ bio - graphy of Pythagoras provides us with enough to get such inquiries started. This paper examines the development of triads, beginning (...)
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    Propositions for a Biocultural Semiotics.Kathryn Staiano-Ross - 2021 - Sign Systems Studies 48 (2-4):450-482.
    The author has used the term ‘biocultural semiotics’ in her previous work, but has never defined this field. She presents twelve propositions that describe and motivate a biocultural semiotics. The author draws on thirty years of field work in Belize and her previous research in cultural and bio-semiotics in support of each of the propositions. Propositions include: biology and culture are so bound as to make a discussion of either without inclusion of the other impossible; both umwelt and the sign (...)
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    Body Ground Red – Integrating Peirce, Kristeva and Greimas.Herman Tamminen - 2021 - Sign Systems Studies 48 (2-4):368-391.
    Ground – regardless whether it be taken as motivation or abstractness – affords the proposition that some abstract categories of meaning have acquired their qualities via bodily experience. In order to show this to be the case, the concept of ground will be drawn together with the division between the symbolic and the semiotic, the semiotic chora will be shown to function as an axiologizing thymic category as regard reception of perception, and finally it will be proposed that it is (...)
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    Semiocide: An Introduction to Semiotics of Destruction of the Meaningful.Mehmet Emir Uslu - 2021 - Sign Systems Studies 48 (2-4):224-245.
    The aim of this article is to expand on the concept of semiocide which, in broad terms, is the destruction of signs and semiosis. Taking its point of departure from Ivar Puura’s article on the concept, this essay attempts to find conceptual parallels and historical examples of the term, expanding its range through a critique of its original conception. Departing from the initial conservatism of Puura’s definition, the article will argue for a more diverse understanding of the term, suggesting a (...)
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