Justifications for a Perceptually Oriented Theory of Language

Signs - International Journal of Semiotics

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Title Justifications for a Perceptually Oriented Theory of Language
 
Creator Ruthrof, Horst
 
Description The paper identifies three dominant traditions in the theorisation of language responsible for a 19th century bias towards formalisation. What is glaringly missing, the paper suggests, is iconicity in Peirce’s sense. This is seen as the main reason why our existing paradigms have failed to address the crucial relation between language and perception. First, I offer a series of justifications in support of a perceptually oriented theory of natural language. Second, I present redefinitions of the linguistic sign, meaning, reference, deixis and other aspects of language as necessary preconditions for a reconciliation of percepts and verbal expressions. Such a theory hinges on the claim that culturally saturated discourse can function as it does only because the schematic skeleton of its signifiers is brought to life in each meaning event by a socially monitored process of activation by iconic, nonverbal semiosis.
 
Publisher University of Copenhagen, Department of Information Science
 
Date 2009-08-08
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://tidsskrift.dk/signs/article/view/26853
 
Source SIGNS; Årg. 3 (2009); 1-29
Signs - International Journal of Semiotics; Vol 3 (2009); 1-29
1902-8822
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://tidsskrift.dk/signs/article/view/26853/23615
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2016 Horst Ruthrof
 

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