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Dialogic Semiosis

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A study of C. S. Peirce's conception of the sign, with a critique of Saussure and Hjelmslev, Dialogic Semiosis presents a semiotics of the production, transmission, and interpretation of signs in human communication. Jørgen Dines Johansen studies the process of sign creation, how signs fulfill their office of transmitting information between human agents, chiefly through a study of human speech.

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Overview

A study of C. S. Peirce's conception of the sign, with a critique of Saussure and Hjelmslev, Dialogic Semiosis presents a semiotics of the production, transmission, and interpretation of signs in human communication. Jørgen Dines Johansen studies the process of sign creation, how signs fulfill their office of transmitting information between human agents, chiefly through a study of human speech.

In the first part of the book, Johansen focuses on Hjelmslev's concept of the sign and the study of semiotic systems. In Part II, he undertakes a detailed explication of Peirce's concepts of the process of signification with the intention of inducing readers to think semiotics with Peirce. In the conclusion, Johansen analyzes a specific micro system from both Hjelmslevian and Peircean perspectives and summarizes the basic features of an intentionally produced semiotic.

Indiana University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253330994
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Series: Advances in Semiotics Series
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Signs without Worlds
Ch. I Signs without Worlds 3
1 The circuit of speech, the sign, and the repression of communication 3
2 Hjelmslev's concepts of the sign 11
3 The relationship between language and thought in glossematics 19
4 Signs without worlds. the formal nature of linguistic analysis 25
5 Content form and content substance 34
6 Naturam expellere furca... 41
Pt. II,1 Sign, Object, Interpretant
Ch. II Sign and Object 55
1 The general nature of the sign 55
2 The sign as representamen 62
3 Qualisign, sinsign, legisign 65
4 The objects of the sign 73
5 Remarks on Peirce's concepts of reality and truth 85
Ch. III The Icon, Index, Symbol Distinction 90
1 Ground and interpretant 90
2 The pure icon and the iconic sign 93
3 Images, diagrams, and metaphors 98
4 Features of the iconic sign 105
5 The indexical sign 107
6 The symbolic sign 116
7 Logical and developmental features of the icon, index, symbol distinction 124
Ch. IV The Interpretants 145
1 Extension, comprehension, information 145
2 Translation, synonymity, and use 151
3 Infinite interpretation 153
4 The divisions of the interpretant 162
5 Rheme, dicisign, argument, and the ten classes of signs 174
6 The division of arguments: deduction, induction, and abduction 182
Pt. II,2 A Dialogic Model of Semiosis
Ch. V Elements of Human Communication 189
1 Utterer and interpreter 190
2 Individuality and the ethics of inquiry 194
3 The contract of dialogue 198
4 Universes of discourse 202
5 The common ground 211
6 The utterance and the icon, index, symbol distinction 222
7 Code and reference 235
Ch. VI A Dialogic Model of Semiosis 245
1 The semiotic pyramid 245
2 The axes 249
3 The triangular planes of the pyramid 254
Ch. VII Beliefs, Rhetoric, and the Validity Basis of Speech 272
1 The fixation of belief 275
2 The presuppositions of rhetoric 280
3 The validity claims of speech 289
4 Semiotics and universal pragmatics 303
Pt. III Light
Ch. VIII Light 311
1 The traffic light as a system: Hjelmslev's analysis 312
2 A pragmatic interpretation of the traffic light 321
3 Basic properties of an intentionally produced semiotic 335
Bibliography 343
Index 351
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