• Teaching, Language & Reference
      March 2019

      Multimodalität

      Grundlagen, Forschung und Analyse – Eine problemorientierte Einführung

      by Janina Wildfeuer, John Bateman, Tuomo Hiippala

      Dieses Studienbuch liefert eine erste grundlegende und an praktischen Analysen orientierte Einführung in das Thema Multimodalität in deutscher Sprache. LeserInnen lernen anhand zahlreicher Fallstudien, wie Multimodalität in unterschiedlichsten Formen und Situationen begegnet und mit eigenen Methoden zur Analyse und Evaluation untersucht werden kann. Auf Grundlage kritischer Diskussionen bereits existierender Zugänge zum Thema in unterschiedlichen Disziplinen nehmen die Autoren eine problemorientierte Perspektive auf Multimodalität ein und zeigen, dass eine starke methodologische Grundlage notwendig ist, um Multimodalität als Phänomen zu verstehen und dafür qualitativ wie quantitativ valide Analysen zu entwickeln. Bereits existierende theoretische Annahmen sowohl aus dem deutschen als auch internationalen Kontext werden so mit ihrem Nutzen für die Analyse diskutiert und im Hinblick auf ihre Eignung für den im Buch entwickelten Navigator zur multimodalen Analyse evaluiert. So erarbeitet das Studienbuch das notwendige theoretische und methodologische Fundament, um LeserInnen den produktiven Umgang mit heute immer komplexer werdenden Kombinationen multimodaler Artefakte und Darbietungen zu ermöglichen.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      April 2019

      Multimodality

      Towards a New Discipline

      by Janina Wildfeuer, Jana Pflaeging, Ognyan Seizov, Chiao-I Tseng, John Bateman

      Multimodality’s popularity as a semiotic approach has not resulted in a common voice yet. Its conceptual anchoring as well as its empirical applications often remain localized and disparate, and ideas of a theory of multimodality are heterogeneous and uncoordinated. For the field to move ahead, it must achieve a more mature status of reflection, mutual support, and interaction with regard to both past and future directions. The red thread across the disciplines reflected in this book is a common goal of capturing the mechanisms of synergetic knowledge construction and transmission using diverse forms of expressions, i.e., multimodality. The collection of chapters brought together in the book reflects both a diversity of disciplines and common interests and challenges, thereby establishing an excellent roadmap for the future. The contributions revisit and redefine theoretical concepts or empirical analyses, which are crucial to the study of multimodality from various perspectives, with a view towards evolving issues of multimodal analysis. With this, the book aims at repositioning the field as a well-grounded scientific discipline with significant implications for future communication research in many fields of study.

    • Semiotics / semiology

      The Hidden Life of Renaissance Art

      Secrets and Symbols in Great Masterpieces

      by Clare Gibson

      The art of the Renaissance is teeming with hidden life that is often only visible to the initiated. Are you privy to its secrets? Does the idea of learning what some of the most famous paintings in the world really mean intrigue you? If so, this illuminating book will open your eyes to the fascinating stories related by Renaissance masterpieces, tales that tell of eternal damnation, of murdered wives, and of aristocratic spies, that speak volumes about human fears and frailties, and that convey profound philosophical concepts. This absorbing work of reference is also an invaluable tool that will teach you how to decipher artists' symbolic messages for yourself.

    • Semiotics / semiology

      The Reject

      Community, Politics, and Religion after the Subject

      by Irving Goh

      This book proposes a theory of the reject, a more adequate figure than the subject for thinking friendship, love, community, democracy, the postsecular, and the posthuman. Through close readings of Nancy, Deleuze, Derrida, Cixous, Clement, Bataille, Balibar, Ranciere, and Badiou, Goh shows how the reject has always been nascent in contemporary French thought. The recent turn to animals and bare life, as well as the rise of the Occupy movement, he argues, presents a special urgency to think the reject today. Thinking the reject most importantly helps to advance our commitment to affirm others without acculturating their differences. But the reject also offers, Goh proposes, a response finally commensurate with the radical horizon of Nancy’s question of who comes after the subject.

    • Semiotics / semiology

      The Reject

      Community, Politics, and Religion after the Subject

      by Irving Goh

      This book proposes a theory of the reject, a more adequate figure than the subject for thinking friendship, love, community, democracy, the postsecular, and the posthuman. Through close readings of Nancy, Deleuze, Derrida, Cixous, Clement, Bataille, Balibar, Ranciere, and Badiou, Goh shows how the reject has always been nascent in contemporary French thought. The recent turn to animals and bare life, as well as the rise of the Occupy movement, he argues, presents a special urgency to think the reject today. Thinking the reject most importantly helps to advance our commitment to affirm others without acculturating their differences. But the reject also offers, Goh proposes, a response finally commensurate with the radical horizon of Nancy’s question of who comes after the subject.

    • Semiotics / semiology

      The Reject

      Community, Politics, and Religion after the Subject

      by Irving Goh

      This book proposes a theory of the reject, a more adequate figure than the subject for thinking friendship, love, community, democracy, the postsecular, and the posthuman. Through close readings of Nancy, Deleuze, Derrida, Cixous, Clement, Bataille, Balibar, Ranciere, and Badiou, Goh shows how the reject has always been nascent in contemporary French thought. The recent turn to animals and bare life, as well as the rise of the Occupy movement, he argues, presents a special urgency to think the reject today. Thinking the reject most importantly helps to advance our commitment to affirm others without acculturating their differences. But the reject also offers, Goh proposes, a response finally commensurate with the radical horizon of Nancy’s question of who comes after the subject.

    • Semiotics / semiology

      The Reject

      Community, Politics, and Religion after the Subject

      by Irving Goh

      This book proposes a theory of the reject, a more adequate figure than the subject for thinking friendship, love, community, democracy, the postsecular, and the posthuman. Through close readings of Nancy, Deleuze, Derrida, Cixous, Clement, Bataille, Balibar, Ranciere, and Badiou, Goh shows how the reject has always been nascent in contemporary French thought. The recent turn to animals and bare life, as well as the rise of the Occupy movement, he argues, presents a special urgency to think the reject today. Thinking the reject most importantly helps to advance our commitment to affirm others without acculturating their differences. But the reject also offers, Goh proposes, a response finally commensurate with the radical horizon of Nancy’s question of who comes after the subject.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      January 2018

      Addressing the other woman

      Textual correspondences in feminist art and writing

      by Kimberly Lamm, Marsha Meskimmon

      This book analyses how three artists - Adrian Piper, Nancy Spero and Mary Kelly - worked with the visual dimensions of language In the 1960s and 1970s. These artists used text and images of writing to challenge female stereotypes, addressing viewers and asking them to participate in the project of imagining women beyond familiar words and images of subordination. The book explores this dimension of their work through the concept of 'the other woman', a utopian wish to reach women and correspond with them across similarities and differences. To make the artwork's aspirations more concrete, it places the artists in correspondence with three writers - Angela Davis, Valerie Solanas, and Laura Mulvey - who also addressed the limited range of images through which women are allowed to become visible. Appealing to scholars and students of feminist art history, visual studies, and literature, the book offers a multi-faceted picture of the feminisms that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      January 2018

      Addressing the other woman

      Textual correspondences in feminist art and writing

      by Kimberly Lamm, Marsha Meskimmon

      List of figures Acknowledgements Introduction Part I: Writing the "I" otherwise: telegraphing black feminism in the work of Adrian Piper and Angela Davis 1. Adrian Piper's textual address 2. Letters from an imaginary enemy, Angela Davis Part II: Typing the poetry of monsters: Nancy Spero and Valerie Solanas write aggression 3. Writing the drives in Nancy Spero's Codex Artaud 4. Valerie Solanas' S.C.U.M. Manifesto and the texts of aggression Part III: Hieroglyphs of maternal desire: the collaborative texts of Mary Kelly and Laura Mulvey 5. Rewriting maternal femininity in Mary Kelly's Post-Partum Document 6. Feminist desires and collective reading in the work of Laura Mulvey Conclusion Bibliography Index

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      January 2018

      Addressing the other woman

      Textual correspondences in feminist art and writing

      by Kimberly Lamm, Marsha Meskimmon

      List of figures Acknowledgements Introduction Part I: Writing the "I" otherwise: telegraphing black feminism in the work of Adrian Piper and Angela Davis 1. Adrian Piper's textual address 2. Letters from an imaginary enemy, Angela Davis Part II: Typing the poetry of monsters: Nancy Spero and Valerie Solanas write aggression 3. Writing the drives in Nancy Spero's Codex Artaud 4. Valerie Solanas' S.C.U.M. Manifesto and the texts of aggression Part III: Hieroglyphs of maternal desire: the collaborative texts of Mary Kelly and Laura Mulvey 5. Rewriting maternal femininity in Mary Kelly's Post-Partum Document 6. Feminist desires and collective reading in the work of Laura Mulvey Conclusion Bibliography Index

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      July 2000

      Semiotics in Language Education

      by Marcel Danesi

      Semiotics has had a profound impact on our comprehension of a wide range of phenomena, from how animals signify and communicate, to how people read TV commercials. This series features books on semiotic theory and applications of that theory to understanding media, language, and related subjects. The series publishes scholarly monographs of wide appeal to students and interested non-specialists as well as scholars. AAS is a peer-reviewed series of international scope.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      September 2011

      Purely Objective Reality

      by John Deely

      In his 'Letter on Humanism' of 1947, Heidegger declared that the subject/object opposition and the terminology that accrues to it had still not been properly addressed in the history of philosophy, and he awaited a proper disquisition that resolved the problem. To date, that has not been provided. This volume explains and solves the prevailing problems in the subjectivity/objectivity couplet, in the process making an indispensable contribution both to semiotics and to philosophy. This book shows that what is thought to be 'objective' in the commonplace use of the term is demonstrably different from what objectivity entails when it is revealed by semiotic analysis. It demonstrates in its exegesis of the 'objective' that human existence is frequently governed by examples of a 'purely objective reality'– a fiction which nevertheless perfuses, is perfused by, and guides experience. The ontology of the sign can be mind-dependent or mind-independent, just as the status of relation can be as legitimate on its own terms whether it is found in ens rationis or in ens reale. The difference in the awareness of human animals consists in this very contextualization that Deely's writings in general have made so evident: the ability to identify signs as sign relations, and the ability to enact relations on a mind-dependent basis. Purely Objective Reality offers the first sustained and theoretically consistent interrogation of the means by which human understanding of 'reality' will be instrumental in the survival– or destruction– of planet Earth.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      March 2012

      Linguistic Supertypes

      A Cognitive-Semiotic Theory of Human Communication

      by Per Durst-Andersen

      The book offers a completely new view of language and of languages such as Russian, Chinese, Bulgarian, Georgian, Danish and English by dividing them into three supertypes on the basis of a step-by-step examination of their relationship to perception and cognition, their representation of situations and their use in oral and written discourse. The dynamic processing of visual stimuli involves three stages: input (experience), intake (understanding) and outcome (a combination). The very choice among three modalities of existence gives a language a certain voice -- either the voice of reality based on situations, the speaker's voice involving experiences or the hearer's voice grounded on information. This makes grammar a prime index: all symbols are static and impotent and need a vehicle, i.e. grammar, which can bring them to the proper point of reference. Language is shown to be a living organism with a determinant category, aspect, mood or tense, which conquers territory from other potential competitors trying to create harmony between verbal and nominal categories. It is demonstrated that the communication processes are different in the three supertypes, although in all three cases the speaker must choose between a public and a private voice before the grammar is put into use.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      January 1977

      A New Dictionary of Sign Language

      Employing the Eschkol-Wachmann Movement Notation System

      by Enya Cohen, Lila Namir, I. M. Schlesinger

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      December 1984

      Architecture as Environmental Communication

      by Asghar T. Minai

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      October 1982

      Roman Jakobson and Beyond: Language as a System of Signs

      The Quest for the Ultimate Invariants in Language

      by Rodney B. Sangster

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      October 2019

      The Semiotics of the Post-Soviet Built Environment

      An analysis of the multiple interpretations of monuments and memorials in Estonia

      by Federico Bellentani

      This volume analyses the interpretation of the built environment by connecting analytical frames developed in the fields of semiotics and geography. It focuses on specific components of the built environment: monuments and memorials, as it is easily recognisable that they are erected to promote specific meanings in the public space. The volume concentrates on monuments and memorials in post-Soviet countries in Eastern Europe, with a focus on Estonia. Elites in post-Soviet countries have often used monuments to shape meanings reflecting the needs of post-Soviet culture and society. However, individuals can interpret monuments in ways that are different from those envisioned by their designers. In Estonia, the relocation and removal of Soviet monuments and the erection of new ones has often created political divisions and resulted in civil disorder. This book examines the potential gap between the designers’ expectations and the users’ interpretations of monuments and memorials. The main argument is that connecting semiotics and geography can provide an innovative framework to understand how monuments convey meanings and how these are variously interpreted at societal levels.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      November 2018

      Augustine and the Study of Signs and Signification

      by Remo Gramigna

      The aim of this study is to present, as far as possible, a general description of the theory of the sign and signification in Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD), with a view to its evaluation and implications for the study of semiotics. Accurate studies for subject, discipline, and significance have not yet given an organic and systematic vision of Augustine’s theory of the sign. The underlying aspiration is that such an endeavour will prove to be beneficial to the scholars of Augustine’s thought as well as to those with a keen interest in the history of semiotics. The study uses Augustine’s own accounts to investigate and interpret the philosophical problem of the sign. The focus lies on the first decade of Augustine’s literary production. The De dialectica, is taken as the terminus ad quo of the study, and the De doctrina christiana is the terminus ad quem. The selected texts show an explicit engagement with poignant discussion on the nature and structure of the sign, the variety of signs and their uses. Although Augustine’s intention never was to establish a theory of meaning as an independent field of study, he largely employed a theory of signs. Thus, Augustine’s approach to signs is intrinsically meaningful.

    • Teaching, Language & Reference
      June 2016

      Frame-Semantik

      Ein Kompendium

      by Dietrich Busse

      Das Frame-Modell ist eine der wichtigsten Neuentwicklungen in der Sprachtheorie der letzten Jahrzehnte und zu einem Bindeglied zwischen Linguistik, Kognitionspsychologie, allgemeiner Kognitionswissenschaft und KI-Forschung geworden. In dieser handbuchartigen Einführung werden die wichtigsten theoretischen Grundlagen der Frame-Semantik erstmals aus linguistischer Perspektive umfassend dargestellt, diskutiert und weiterentwickelt. Neben Begründern wie Fillmore, Minsky, Schank/Abelson und wichtigen theoretischen Vorläufer wie Bartlett werden neuere Konzeptionen (wie Barsalou) ebenso behandelt wie Weiterentwicklungen in der angewandten linguistischen Forschung. Im Anschluss an die einführende Darstellung und Diskussion frame-theoretischer Ansätze und Forschungspraktiken wird ein umfassendes integratives Arbeitsmodell zur Frame-Semantik vorgestellt und werden die verschiedenen linguistischen Anwendungsmöglichkeiten einer Frame-Analyse demonstriert. Das Buch schließt eine empfindliche Lücke auf dem Buchmarkt, da bis jetzt weder im deutschsprachigen Bereich noch in der internationalen Literatur eine zusammenfassende Darstellung und Einführung in diese Forschungsrichtung und theoretische Perspektive der Semantik existiert.

    • Humanities & Social Sciences
      September 2009

      Culture and Explosion

      by Juri Lotman, Marina Grishakova, Wilma Clark

      Culture and Explosion, now appearing in English for the very first time, is the final book written by the legendary semiotician Juri Lotman. Originally published in Russian in 1992, a year before Lotman's death, the volume puts forth a fundamental theory: the semiotics of culture. Proceeding from a model of communication, Lotman extends the work of the renowned Tartu-Moscow school that he founded, showing not only how culture can be observed and described, but also how it can be governed and guided. In fact, as Lotman demonstrates with copious examples, the modelling system of culture has an immeasurably strong influence on the way that humans experience "reality". As usual, Lotman's erudition is brought to bear on the theory of culture, and the book comprises a host of well-chosen illustrations from history, literature, art and right across the humanities. The book is of interest to students and researchers in semiotics, cultural/literary studies and Russian studies, as well as anyone with an interest in understanding contemporary intellectual life.

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