From Sign to Signing

From Sign to Signing

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This volume, a sequel to Form Miming Meaning (1999) and The Motivated Sign (2001), offers a selection of papers given at the Third International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature (Jena 2001). The studies collected here present a number of new departures. Special consideration is given to the way non-linguistic visual and auditory signs (such as gestures and bird sounds) are represented in language, and more specifically in `signed' language, and how such signs influence semantic conceptualization. Other studies examine more closely how visual signs and representations of time and space are incorporated or reflected in literary language, in fiction as well as (experimental) poetry. A further new approach concerns intermedial iconicity, which emerges in art when its medium is changed or another medium is imitated. A more abstract, diagrammatic type of iconicity is again investigated, with reference to both language and literature: some essays focus on the device of reduplication, isomorphic tendencies in word formation and on creative iconic patterns in syntax, while others explore numerical design in Dante and geometrical patterning in Dylan Thomas. A number of theoretically-oriented papers pursue post-Peircean approaches, such as the application of reader-response theory and of systems theory to more

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  • Hardback | 441 pages
  • 154.9 x 221 x 27.9mm | 476.28g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588112888
  • 9781588112880

Table of contents

1. Preface and acknowledgments; 2. List of contributors; 3. Introduction: From Signing back to Signs (by Fischer, Olga); 4. Part I: Auditory and visual signs and signing; 5. The influence of sign language iconicity on semantic conceptualization (by Grote, Klaudia); 6. What You See Is What You Get: Iconicity and metaphor in the visual language of written and signed poetry: A cognitive poetic approach (by Herlofsky, William J.); 7. Spatial iconicity in two English verb classes (by Hubler, Axel); 8. What imitates birdcalls?: Two experiments on birdcalls and their linguistic representations (by Masuda, Keiko); 9. Part II: Visual iconicity and iconic mapping; 10. Perspective in experimental shaped poetry: A semiotic approach (by White, John J.); 11. Where reading peters out: Iconic images in the entropic text (by Moyle, Julian); 12. Iconic representation of space and time in Vladimir Sorokin's novel The Queue (Ochered') (by Ohme, Andreas); 13. "Vision and Prayer": Dylan Thomas and the Power of X (by Bauer, Matthias); 14. Diagrams in narrative: Visual strategies in contemporary fiction (by Ljungberg, Christina); 15. Part III: Structural iconicity; 16. The iconicity of Afrikaans reduplication (by Conradie, C. Jac); 17. Diagrammatic iconicity in the lexicon: Base and derivation in the history of German verbal word-formation (by Harm, Volker); 18. Creative syntax: Iconic principles within the symbolic (by Hampe, Beate); 19. Aspects of grammatical iconicity in English (by Rohdenburg, Gunter); 20. Beatrice: or The geometry of love (by Potters, Wilhelm); 21. How metaphor and iconicity are entwined in poetry: A case in haiku (by Hiraga, Masako K.); 22. Part IV: Intermedial iconicity; 23. Intermedial iconicity in fiction: Tema con variazioni (by Wolf, Werner); 24. Iconicity and literary translation (by Tabakowska, Elzbieta); 25. Part V: New applications of sign theory; 26. Iconizing literature (by Johansen, Jorgen Dines); 27. From signal to symbol: Towards a systems typology of linguistic signs (by Sadowski, Piotr); 28. Author index; 29. Subject indexshow more