A Theory of Linguistic Signs

A Theory of Linguistic Signs

by Rudi Keller
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0198237952

ISBN-13: 9780198237952

Pub. Date: 12/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Signs shape our lives: we are surrounded by signs, we surround ourselves with signs, and usually we are completely unaware of it. Rudi Keller shows how signs emerge, function, and develop in the permanent process of language change. He recombines thoughts and ideas from Plato to the present day to create a new theory of the meaning and evolution of icons and

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Signs shape our lives: we are surrounded by signs, we surround ourselves with signs, and usually we are completely unaware of it. Rudi Keller shows how signs emerge, function, and develop in the permanent process of language change. He recombines thoughts and ideas from Plato to the present day to create a new theory of the meaning and evolution of icons and symbols. By assuming no prior knowledge and by developing his argument from first principles, he has written a basic text which includes all the necessary features: easy style, good organization, original scholarship, and historical depth. This is a non-technical book which will interest linguists, philosophers, students of communications and cultural studies, semioticians/semanticists, sociologists, and anthropologists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198237952
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Signs in Everyday Life
Part I: Two Notions of Signs
1. Plato's Instrumental Notion of Signs
2. Aristotle's Representational Notion of Signs
3. Frege's Representational Notion of Signs
Part II: Semantics and Cognition
5. Conceptual Realism versus Conceptual Relativism
6. Types of Concepts versus Types of Rules
7. Expression and Meaning
Part II: Sign Emergence
8. Basic Techniques of Interpretation
9. Inferential Procedures
10. Arbitrariness versus Motivatedness
Part IV: Sign Metamorphosis
11. Iconification and Symbolification
12. Metaphorization, Metonymization and Lexicalization
13. Literal and Metaphorical Sense
14. Rationality and Implicatures
Part V: The Diachronic Dimension
15. Costs and Benefits of the Metaphoric Technique
16. The Metaphoric Use of Modal Verbs
17. The Epistemic Weil
Summary
Introduction: Signs in Everyday Life
Part I: Two Notions of Signs
1. Plato's Instrumental Notion of Signs
2. Aristotle's Representational Notion of Signs
3. Frege's Representational Notion of Signs
Part II: Semantics and Cognition
5. Conceptual Realism versus Conceptual Relativism
6. Types of Concepts versus Types of Rules
7. Expression and Meaning
Part III: Sign Emergence
8. Basic Techniques of Interpretation
9. Inferential Procedures
10. Arbitrariness versus Motivatedness
Part IV: Sign Metamorphosis
11. Iconification and Symbolification
12. Metaphorization, Metonymization and Lexicalization
13. Literal and Metaphorical Sense
14. Rationality and Implicatures
Part V: The Diachronic Dimension
15. Costs and Benefits of the Metaphoric Technique
16. The Metaphoric Use of Modal Verbs
17. The Epistemic Weil
Summary

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