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    Speaking One’s Mind: The Sign as Subject of Interpretation in the Manuscripts of Charles S. Peirce, Between the Theories of Rhetoric and Communication.Fee Haase - 2022 - Semiotica 2022 (245):79-98.
    The name Charles Sanders Peirce is associated with the science of signs called semiotics, which studies the sign as the carrier of meaning that is placed in the center of his work. Peirce developed a system of concepts that describe how the sign as such is understood by the mind. For the conditions of its interpretations Peirce established various so-called interpretants for the explanation of signs associated with the utterer and interpreter and a shared process that enables the communication between (...)
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  2. Quand l’éventail du désaccord laisse parler au-delà des paroles: Etude historico-sémiotique de la légende du Coup de l’Eventail.Lamya Khelil - 2022 - Semiotica 2022 (245):193-211.
    Résumé Le présent travail de recherche retrace la scène mythique du Coup de l’éventail qui opposa le Dey d’Alger Hussein Pacha et le Consul français Pierre Deval en 1827. Nous examinons dans quelle mesure l’interprétation dudit incident pourrait entraver le recours à la sémiotique dans les études historiographiques en reposant sur les théories sémiotiques de Greimas, de Fontanille et de Zilberberg. L’analyse sémiotique des iconographies représentant l’incident a révélé à quel point ce dernier ne pourrait se désubjectiviser bien que Greimas (...)
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  3. Listening to Beethoven’s Ninth as Communicational Production.Cássio de Borba Lucas - 2022 - Semiotica 2022 (245):213-228.
    This paper discusses the communicability of musical listening, proposes a semanalytical perspective to approach it in terms of communicational production, and summarizes an analysis of the production of musical listenings in the case of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Instead of assuming that verbal talk on music banalizes listening, or that musical arrangers are the privileged authorities when it comes to transmitting a personal listening, our suggestion is that communication produces – in the post-structuralist sense of the word – musical listenings even (...)
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    Gesture, a Tool for Synthetic Reasoning.Giovanni Maddalena - 2022 - Semiotica 2022 (245):1-16.
    In this paper I propose to read and understand gestures as logical tools within a synthetic paradigm of knowledge. This interpretation of gesture is drawn from a new pragmatist reading of reasoning in general, and synthetic reasoning in particular. Complete gestures are actions with a beginning and an end that bear a meaning. It is our regular way to embody vague ideas into singular actions with general meaning. The tool is forged by a dense blending of icons, indices, and symbols (...)
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    Languaging Dynamics of Classroom Interactivity: A Distributed View of the Pedagogic Recontextualization in L2 Tertiary Settings.Paul J. Thibault & Dan Shi - 2022 - Semiotica 2022 (245):125-155.
    The current study investigates classroom interactivity in L2 tertiary literature classrooms in Hong Kong and Taiwan when ESL/efl students engage with and interpret literary texts in classroom talk as a pedagogic process of text recontextualization. It proposes a more ecological-based approach to language and languaging dynamics that is complementary to current social semiotic approaches to multimodality. It also aims to open up a more embodied analysis of the meaning-making process in tertiary literature classrooms. The multimodal investigation of real-time classroom interactivity (...)
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  6. The “Empirical Vocation” of the Semiotics of Umberto Eco in His Works on the Media and Mass Communication.Stefano Traini - 2022 - Semiotica 2022 (245):175-192.
    In this article, I attempt to set out and discuss the main trajectories of Umberto Eco’s thinking on the media and mass communication, based on a review of the author’s writings on these subjects. What emerges from the study is Eco’s attention to the public and to forms of reception; his attention to the relationship between media communication and reality, which involves investigating the concept of “truth” in an area such as that of mass communication; his cross-media view of information, (...)
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  7. Models as Signs of the Imaginary: Peirce, Pierce, Langer, and the Non-Discursive Sign.Joel West - 2022 - Semiotica 2022 (245):63-78.
    It is common for us to see models as exemplars of things that exist. Models, instead, are merely Peircean indexes, in that they only point to their objects, objects which may in themselves not exist. This is to say that these examples may only exist as thoughts that point to other thoughts or even ideas that point to objects that may not exist because they are paradoxical.
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    A Lotmanian Semiotic Interpretation of Cultural Memory in Ritual.Hongbing Yu & Cheng Kang - 2022 - Semiotica 2022 (245):157-173.
    This paper affords a Lotmanian cultural semiotic analysis of the inner workings of ritual embodying the mechanism of cultural memory. In this intersectional study, we propose treating ritual as an integral semiotic system in which the community follows a prescribed collective process to create religious or social meanings and to regulate the mechanism of cultural memory through concrete symbols in the forms of behavior, speech, gestures, objects, spatial structures, and so on. Three semiotic properties of ritual in relation to cultural (...)
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    From Matter to Form: The Evolution of the Genetic Code as Semio-Poiesis.Suren Zolyan - 2022 - Semiotica 2022 (245):17-61.
    We address issues of description of the origin and evolution of the genetic code from a semiotics standpoint. Developing the concept of codepoiesis introduced by Barbieri, a new idea of semio-poiesis is proposed. Semio-poiesis, a recursive auto-referential processing of semiotic system, becomes a form of organization of the bio-world when and while notions of meaning and aiming are introduced into it. The description of the genetic code as a semiotic system allows us to apply the method of internal reconstruction to (...)
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    Significations et éléments centraux versus périphériques des représentations visuelles.Inna Bovina & Pascal Moliner - 2022 - Semiotica 2022 (244):27-51.
    Résumé Cette recherche porte sur le rôle joué par les différents éléments d’une image dans l’interprétation de cette image et dans les émotions qu’elle induit. A partir de l’approche structurale de la théorie des représentations sociales on suppose que certains des éléments d’une image seraient centraux tandis que d’autres seraient périphériques. Pour explorer cette piste on a retouché trois photographies originales afin de supprimer certains des éléments qu’elles montraient. Les photographies originales et les photographies retouchées ont été présentées à trois (...)
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  11. Semiology: In the Light of Saussure’ Words.Rossana De Angelis - 2022 - Semiotica 2022 (244):131-144.
    What does Saussure really mean by “semiology”? This is the question we try to answer in this text. In fact, reading his writings and notes, we realize that Saussure uses the term “semiology” in different contexts and with different meanings. So the notion of “semiology” issued from his works is more complex than it seems because it undergoes several transformations throughout the development of Saussurian thought. The term “semiology” never appears in the texts published during in his lifetime, but we (...)
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  12. Crowning, Rotating, and Emanating Hierophanies with Elevatio Aspect in Wayside Shrines.Małgorzata Haładewicz-Grzelak - 2022 - Semiotica 2022 (244):81-114.
    My aim in this paper is to investigate the variants of directionality implied in visual hieratic texts as religious markers in the sacrosphere, which are substantially expressed in the form of a wayside shrine/cross. The methodological underpinnings for this project rely on the proposed semiotactics : the investigative perspective modeled after phonotactics – a branch of phonology investigating the restrictions on and the possibilities of phoneme combinations in languages. The study draws on digital documentation of wayside shrines, crosses, and sacrality (...)
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    A Semiotic Analysis of Multiple Systems of Logic: Using Tagmemic Theory to Assess the Usefulness and Limitations of Formal Logics, and to Produce a Mathematical Lattice Model Including Multiple Systems of Logic.Vern Poythress - 2022 - Semiotica 2022 (244):145-162.
    Tagmemic theory as a semiotic theory can be used to analyze multiple systems of logic and to assess their strengths and weaknesses. This analysis constitutes an application of semiotics and also a contribution to understanding of the nature of logic within the context of human meaning. Each system of logic is best adapted to represent one portion of human rationality. Acknowledging this correlation between systems and their targets helps explain the usefulness of more than one system. Among these systems, the (...)
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    La passion du café dans les publicités de Carte Noire : analyse sémiotique du goût et du désir.Atmane Seghir - 2022 - Semiotica 2022 (244):115-130.
    Résumé L’intérêt pour le café ne date pas d’aujourd’hui, mais les discours promotionnels sur ce breuvage mythique ne cessent de se multiplier depuis l’arrivée d’Internet. Pour mieux comprendre le domaine spécifique des récits gustatifs qui se construisent autour de la passion pour le café, nous avons privilégié une démarche innovante en sciences du langage, la sémiotique du goût. Le site internet de la marque Carte Noire, en misant sur l’expérience gustative euphorisante et la tautologie du désir, offre un corpus approprié (...)
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  15. The Visual Gamut and Syntactic Abstraction.Steven Skaggs - 2022 - Semiotica 2022 (244):1-25.
    Charles S. Peirce’s second trichotomy, which introduces the concepts of iconicity, indexicality, and symbolicity, is probably the only piece of his semiotic that is familiar to visual artists and designers. Although the concepts have found their way into the academy, their utility in the field has been reduced for a couple of reasons. First, as with all of Peirce’s philosophy, his second trichotomy is a concept that is subtle, fluid, and difficult to fully grasp in a sound bite. Second, there (...)
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  16. The Role of Semiotics in the Unification of Langue and Parole: An Agentive Cognitive Construction Grammar Approach to English Modals.Sergio Torres-Martínez - 2022 - Semiotica 2022 (244):195-225.
    This article introduces Agentive Cognitive Construction Grammar, an emerging field that seeks to connect the linguistic system with speaker-meaning. The stated purpose is thus to tackle a pervasive disconnect in both cognitive linguistics and construction grammar, whereby the linguistic system and speaker selections are separated in the belief that language is essentially a mental process associated with the brain, and hence, separated from bodily experience. I contend this view by introducing a triadic model of construction in which form and function (...)
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  17. Text-Image Complementarity and Genre in English as Foreign Language Textbooks.Hsin-Jung Tsai & Peichin Chang - 2022 - Semiotica 2022 (244):53-80.
    Relating visual images to textual messages may have great potential in facilitating students’ reading comprehension. The inevitable and important presence of visuals in textbooks obliges language teachers to exploit all semiotic resources to deepen students’ understanding. However, analysis of how images interact with text in textbooks has been rare, and among the efforts it has generally been found that visuals and text often fail to achieve coherence. This study investigates whether and how text and image complement each other ideationally by (...)
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  18. Semiotics East and West: An Aesthetic-Semiotic Approach to Translating the Iconicity of Classical Chinese Poetry.Guangxu Zhao - 2022 - Semiotica 2022 (244):163-193.
    For some Western translators before the twentieth century, domestication was their strategy to translate the classical Chinese poetry into English. But the consequence of this strategy was the sacrifice of the ideogrammatic nature of these poems. The translators in the twentieth century, especially the Imagist poets and translators in the 1930s, overcame the problems of their predecessors by developing their translation theory and practice in ways that are close to those of many contemporary semiotic translators. But both Imagist translators and (...)
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    Sense, Reference and Contemporary Predicativism.Karen Green - 2022 - Semiotica 245 (245):99-123.
    Contributing to the debate between referentialist and predicativist accounts of the semantics of proper names, this paper partly endorses a recent trend to reject unitary accounts of their semantics. It does so by restoring a Fregean version of the variety of use account. It criticizes alternative variety of use accounts for not clearly distinguishing pragmatic, syntactic, and semantic issues and argues that, once these are distinguished, the necessity of accepting that names have a variety of uses, and are sometimes logical (...)
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