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    A Conceptual Framework for Studying Evolutionary Origins of Life-Genres.Sigmund Ongstad - 2019 - Biosemiotics 12 (2):245-266.
    The introduction claims that there might exist an evolutionary bridge from possible genres in nature to human cultural genres. A sub-hypothesis is that basic life-conditions, partly common for animals and humans, in the long run can generate so-called life-genres. To investigate such hypotheses a framework of interrelated key communicational concepts is outlined in the second, main part. Four levels are suggested. Signs are seen as elements in utterances. Further, sufficiently similar utterances can be perceived as kinds of utterances or genres. (...)
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  2. The Concept of Lifeworld and Education in Post-Modernity : A Critical Appraisal of Habermas' Theory of Communicative Action.Sigmund Ongstad - 2010 - In Mark Murphy & Ted Fleming (eds.), Habermas, Critical Theory and Education. Routledge.
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    Can Animals Refer? Meta-Positioning Studies of Animal Semantics.Sigmund Ongstad - forthcoming - Biosemiotics:1-25.
    This meta-study applies a socio-semiotic framework combining five basic communicational aspects, form, content, act, time, and space, developed to help answering the question Can animals refer? It further operates with four levels, sign, utterance, genre, and lifeworld, studying relations between utterance and genre in particular. Semantic key terms found in an excerpted ‘resource collection’ consisting of three anthologies, two academic journals, and a monography, studying content in animal communication, are inspected, and discussed, especially information, functional reference, and reference. Since a (...)
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