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  1.  5
    How Cassirer Explains Myth and Other Symbolic Forms Through Semiotic Functions.Masoud Algooneh Juenghani - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (233):125-144.
    Ernst Cassirer, Neo-Kantian philosopher of Marburg school, studies myth as a component of symbolic forms. He considers myth as the cornerstone of philosophy of culture as well as the source of such other forms as language, religion, art and science. Cassirer, applying an epistemological approach towards myths and other realms of human culture, argues that human beings experience the world through a mediated process. Of course, this mediated encounter with the world has different aspects in the evolving course of culture. (...)
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    Sémiotique de l’espace, l’espace de la sémiotique : La Chambre bleue de Sohrab Sépehri, une redéfinition de l’espace sémiotisant.Akram Ayati & Najmeh Akbari - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (233):179-204.
    Résumé Les études déjà menées depuis des années 1970 autour de la sémiotique de l’espace montrent que les fondements méthodologiques et épistémologiques de cette approche se situent bel et bien, dans la lignée de la sémiotique structurale. Pourtant, certains espaces et le sens qui y émerge en acte ne peuvent pas être réduits à un cadre théorique si restreint. Cet article se propose de montrer, à travers l’analyse d’une chambre décrite par Sohrab Sépehri, poète et peintre moderne iranien, comment l’explication (...)
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    From the Perspective of the Object in Semiotics: Deleuze and Peirce.Roger Dawkins - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (233):1-18.
    From Peirce, a sign represents something other than itself, an object, for some third; from Deleuze, a sign can create and erase an object, for some third. He makes this claim in the cinema books, without detailed explication. It is a fleeting reference to the Peircean triad developed in his semiotics; moreover, references to “objects” in Deleuze’s discussions of signs in his other work are often generic. In this essay, I explain what it means in Deleuze’s semiotics for a sign (...)
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    Musement: The Activity of the Brain’s Default Mode Network.Antonio Duarte - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (233):145-158.
    The main purpose of this article is to identify the inner human activity Peirce calls musement with the mental processes that arise through the workings of the brain’s default mode network. This network is a specific, recently anatomically defined brain system, which is most active when individuals are not focused on the external environment. In doing so, musement, which was defined by Peirce over a hundred years ago, will finally be situated within what today we understand as its neurobiological origin.
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    Visual Rhetoric Based on Triadic Approach: Intellectual Knowledge, Visual Representation and Aesthetics as Modality.Fatma Nazlı Köksal & Ümit İnatçı - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (233):35-53.
    The aim of the present study is to evaluate Sonja Foss’s Rhetorical Schema for the Evaluation of Visual Imagery as well as reflect upon several points for further consideration; and finally suggest a renewed triadic approach as a method for analyzing art-relevant visual imagery. The triadic approach to be discussed assumes three correlative layers: the intellectual knowledge, function of the artistic content as the visual representational component, and aesthetics as modality. This study will include the analysis of a print advertisement (...)
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    Folding of a Peptide Continuum: Semiotic Approach to Protein Folding.Ľudmila Lacková - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (233):77-90.
    In this paper I attempt to study the notion of “folding of a semiotic continuum” in a direction of a possible application to the biological processes. More specifically, the process of obtaining protein structures is compared in this paper to the folding of a semiotic continuum. Consequently, peptide chain is presented as a continuous line potential to be formed in order to create functional units. The functional units are protein structures having certain function in the cell or organism. Moreover, protein (...)
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    How to Make Norms with Drawings: An Investigation of Normativity Beyond the Realm of Words.Giuseppe Lorini & Stefano Moroni - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (233):55-76.
    A widespread opinion holds that norms and codes of conduct as such can only be established via words, that is, in some lexical form. This perspective can be criticized: some norms produced by human acts are not word-based at all. For example, many norms are actually conveyed through graphics, sounds, a silent gesture. In this article, we will focus on the norms that are created by means of drawings and can be termed “drawn norms” or “graphical norms.” Specifically, we will (...)
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    Semiotics to Die For: Review of Laurent Binet’s La Sèptieme Fonction du Langage. [REVIEW]Claudio Julio Rodríguez Higuera - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (233):205-210.
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    Two Basic Analyses of the Historiography of Semiotics: M. Foucault’s Comparative Semiology and J.N. Deely’s Semiotic Realism. [REVIEW]Martin Švantner - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (233):159-177.
    In this study I compare the work of two scholars who are important for contemporary research into the history of semiotics. The main goal of the study is to describe specific rhetorical/figurative forms and structures of persuasion between two epistemological positions that determine various possibilities in the historiography of semiotics. The main question is this: how do we understand two important metatheoretical forms of descriptions in the historiography of semiotics or the history of sign relations? The first perspective is semiology (...)
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    Translating Wittgenstein: A Semiotic Translation of the Tractatus.Sergio Torres-Martínez - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (233):91-123.
    In this article, I introduce a semiosic translation of Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. The theoretical framework is Semiosic Translation, a theory that combines Peirce’s interpretive semiotics and Wittgenstein’s notions of rule-following and complex-fact. I seek to show that this approach is particularly adroit at the task of making the sometimes cryptic philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein accessible to readers. To support this assertion, I compare and analyze several canonical translations of the Tractatus with possible semiosic translations. The results show that Wittgenstein’s work (...)
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    The Grotesque Knot of the Symptom: Heterogeneity and Mutability.Rahman Veisi Hasar - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (233):19-34.
    The present paper aims to shed light on some post-oedipal moments of the Freudian-Lacanian psychoanalysis. Going beyond the stereotypical opposition between the oedipal psychoanalysis and the anti-oedipal schizoanalysis, it endeavors to reinvestigate the semiotic nature of the knotenpunkt and the sinthome by applying some Deleuzian and Bakhtinian concepts. Thus, the knotenpunkt is described as a grotesque knot bringing together some heterogeneous elements. The involved disparate components establish a rhizomatic multiplicity irreducible to a common determiner. As far as the sinthome is (...)
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    Germaine de Staël’s Réflexions Sur le Procès de la Reine: An Act of Compassion?Anna Cabak Rédei - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (232):41-52.
    In the foreword to the Mercure de France edition of de Staël., Chantal Thomas, French historian and writer, writes that this apology in favor of Marie-Antoinette did not help the queen nor the author herself; on the contrary it only made the latter more unpopular. So why did Germaine de Staël write it? Mme de Staël and Marie-Antoinette did not share many interests; however, at the moment of The Women’s March on Versailles in October 1789, the situation had changed. It (...)
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    The Cultural Semiotics of African Encounters: Eighteenth-Century Images of the Other.David Dunér - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (232):103-146.
    This a contribution to the cultural semiotics of African cultural encounters seen through the eyes of Swedish naturalists at the end of the eighteenth century. European travellers faced severe problems in understanding the alien African cultures they encountered; they even had difficulty understanding the other culture as a culture. They were not just other cultures that they could relate to, but often something completely different, belonging to the natural history of the human species. The Khoikhoi and other groups were believed (...)
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    Intercultural Competition Over Resources Via Contests for Symbolic Capitals.Itamar Even-Zohar - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (232):235-250.
    Intergroup competition over resources is attested since the dawn of history. Written and archaeological evidence go back to at least the fourth millennium BC. According to accepted views, evolution has favored humans because of their ability to have cumulative cultures, which has made flexible adaptation possible. One major aspect of this adaptation has been the ability to handle power contests without engaging physical force. Instead, increasing prestige dynamics has allowed contest management by displaying symbolic assets. These have growingly been instrumental (...)
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    Early Body Ornamentation as Ego-Culture: Tracing the Co-Evolution of Aesthetic Ideals and Cultural Identity.Antonis Iliopoulos - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (232):187-233.
    While the “symbolic” meaning of early body ornamentation has received the lion’s share of attention in the debate on human origins, this paper sets out to explore their aesthetic and agentive dimensions, for the purpose of explaining how various ornamental forms would have led interacting groups to form a cultural identity of their own. To this end, semiotics is integrated with a new paradigm in the archaeology of mind, known as the theory of material engagement. Bridging specifically Peirce’s pragmatic theory (...)
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    Ethical Food Packaging and Designed Encounters with Distant and Exotic Others.David Machin & Paul Cobley - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (232):251-271.
    There has been criticism of how Fair-Trade products represent workers in remote parts of the world where packaging offers an encounter with distant others which romanticizes and homogenizes them as a pre-modern form of ethnicity. Such workers are shown as always engaged in authentic, simple, honest decontextualized manual labor. And they are depicted as highly appreciative of, and empowered by, the act of ethical shopping. This paper shows that a close social semiotic analysis of Fair-Trade packaging reveals a different set (...)
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    Intercultural Parallax: Comparative Modeling, Ethnic Taxonomy, and the Dynamic Object.Jamin Pelkey - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (232):147-185.
    Comparative modeling is necessary for semiotic inquiry. To better theorize such pursuits, a reflexive turn is in order: comparative modeling needs comparative modeling. In search of experientially grounded analogies better suited for understanding, validating, scrutinizing, and accounting for the situation of the semiotic inquirer, this paper applies insights from Peircean process semiotics and Göran Sonesson’s extended theory of cultural semiotics toward two ends: one theoretical, the other applied. First, I undertake a critical review of recent scholarly and creative works that (...)
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    Mao’s Homeworld – A Comment on the Use of Propaganda Posters in Post-War China.Michael Ranta - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (232):53-78.
    Within cognitive science, narratives are regarded as crucial and fundamental cognitive instruments or tools. As Roger Schank suggests, the identity of cultures is to a considerable extent based upon the sharing of narrative structures. According to Schank, culturally shared stories, as do many other stories, occur frequently in highly abbreviated form, as “skeleton stories” or “gists.” Collective identities are conveyed in and between cultures not only through verbal discourse, but also by pictorial means. Many pictures and visual artworks have indeed (...)
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  19. Introduction: The Making of Them and Us – Cultural Encounters Conveyed Also Through Pictorial Means.Anna Cabak Rédei, Sara Lenninger & Göran Sonesson - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (232):1-4.
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    Construing Scandinavia: A Semiotic Account of Intercultural Exchange in Theme Park Design.Gunnar Sandin - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (232):79-102.
    Evaluation of other cultures is a strong force in a culture’s definition of itself. Cultures are formed in encounters that include domination, conflict, and dismissal as much as appreciation and smooth exchange. In this paper, the construction of cultural identity is discussed, with reference to a Scandinavian Theme Park proposal made in cooperation between American design consultants and a local Swedish team of planners and visionaries. The image production in this design proposal, which never came to be realised in architectural (...)
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    Translation as Culture: The Example of Pictorial-Verbal Transposition in Sahagún’s Primeros Memoriales and Codex Florentino.Göran Sonesson - 2020 - Semiotica 2020 (232):5-39.
    Many items of culture which are conveyed from one culture to another may take verbal form, and then constitute what Jakobson called “translation proper.” If such diffusions involve a co-occurrent change of semiotic systems, they are of such a different nature, that we better reserve another term for it: transposition. Whether or not accompanied by transpositions, such as pictures, translational events may play an important part in the encounter between cultures, not only in the negative sense of deformations as postulated (...)
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