Signs, Meaning and Experience: Integrational Approaches to Linguistics and Semiotics

Signs, Meaning and Experience: Integrational Approaches to Linguistics and Semiotics

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501510694
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publication date: 04/24/2015
Series: Semiotics, Communication and Cognition [SCC] Series , #15
Pages: 197
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.03(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Adrian Pablé, Christopher Hutton, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

1 Theoretical Foundations 1

Intellectual background: integrationism, linguistics and semiotics 1

The metalanguage of linguistics and expertise 15

'Integration' 22

Parameters and principles 24

'First-order' and 'second-order' 28

Surrogationalism 29

The language myth 33

Segregationalism and structuralism 34

The semiotics of writing 35

Is there such a thing as 'data'? 37

The status of the anecdote 39

Aims of integrationism 41

Integrationism beyond language 43

Integrationism: a summary 44

2 Topics and issues 47

2.1 Language and expertise 47

Case studies 50

On 'folk' and 'scientific' linguistic beliefs 50

Lay and professional metalinguistic knowledge 51

Questions for reflection 52

2.2 What 'a language' is (not) 55

Case studies 59

Language games 59

The 'foul language fiasco' 61

Questions for reflection 62

2.3 A new epistemology 66

Case studies 70

Dialect perception 70

Autism and 'linguistic' knowledge 71

Questions for reflection 73

2.4 The myth of names 76

Case Studies 78

The castles of Bellinzona 78

Names in intercultural communication 80

Questions for reflection 81

2.5 Responsibility and the sign-maker 84

Case studies 89

The truth about truth-conditional semantics 89

Language, responsibility, and online forums 90

Questions for reflection 91

2.6 Integrating reality 93

Case studies 97

The subjectivity of the 'real' 97

The Great Wall of China 99

Questions for reflection 100

2.7 Cognitive mythology 102

Case studies 106

'Logical thinking' 106

Autoglottic space 108

Questions for reflection 109

2.8 Signs, communication and integration 112

Case studies 116

Integrating language and practical action 116

The railroad sign code and (un)successful integration 118

Questions for reflection 120

2.9 The 'language gap' 122

Case studies 128

Monkeys and communication 128

The origin of language 130

Questions for reflection 132

2.10 Language and freedom (of speech) 135

Case studies 141

Freedom of expression and trademark law 141

Language and liberty 142

Questions for reflection 143

3 Discussion Materials 146

Research questions & methodology 146

The origin of language 148

Alternative frameworks 150

Saussure: code and communication 154

4 Conclusion 161

Further Readings 163

References 164

Index 174

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