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The Motivated Sign

Author: Olga Fischer; Max Nänny
Publisher: Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., 2001.
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This volume, a sequel to Form Miming Meaning (1999), offers a selection of papers given at the second international symposium on iconicity (Amsterdam 1999). In the light of semiotic, linguistic and literary theory the studies gathered here investigate how iconicity works on all levels of language, in literary texts and other forms of verbal discourse. They investigate, among other subjects, the semiotic foundations  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Fischer, Olga.
Motivated Sign.
Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, ©2001
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Olga Fischer; Max Nänny
ISBN: 9789027299338 9027299331
OCLC Number: 705531337
Notes: The Motivated Sign; Title page; LCC page; Dedication; Table of contents; Acknowledgements; List of contributors; Introduction: veni, vidi, vici; PART I. General; Semiotic foundations of iconicity in language and literature; The semiotics of the mise-en-abyme; Good probes: Icons, anaphors, and the evolution of language; PART II. Sounds and beyond; The sound as an echo to the sense: The iconicity of English gl-words; On natural motivation in metaphors: The case of the cucurbits; Old English poetic texts and their Latin sources: Iconicityin Cædmon 's Hymn and The Phoenix.
PART III. Visual iconicity: Typography and the use of imagesIconic punctuation: Ellipsis marks in a historical perspective; Iconic functions of long and short lines; Iconicity in advertising signs: Motive and method in miming 'the body '; Iconoclasm and iconicity in seventeenth-century English poetry; PART IV. Iconicity in grammatical structures; Structural iconicity: The English S- and OF- genitives; The position of the adjective in (Old) English from an iconic perspective; Present participles as iconic expressions; Of Markov chains and upholstery buttons: "Moi, madame, votre chien ..."
PART V. Iconicity in textual structuresIconicity and rhetoric: A note on the iconic force of rhetorical figures in Shakespeare; The emergence of experiential iconicity and spatial perspective in landscape descriptions in English fiction; Iconic dimensions in Margaret Atwood's poetry and prose; Author index; Subject index.
Description: 1 online resource (401 pages)
Contents: The Motivated Sign; Title page; LCC page; Dedication; Table of contents; Acknowledgements; List of contributors; Introduction: veni, vidi, vici; PART I. General; Semiotic foundations of iconicity in language and literature; The semiotics of the mise-en-abyme; Good probes: Icons, anaphors, and the evolution of language; PART II. Sounds and beyond; The sound as an echo to the sense: The iconicity of English gl-words; On natural motivation in metaphors: The case of the cucurbits; Old English poetic texts and their Latin sources: Iconicityin Cædmon 's Hymn and The Phoenix.
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This volume, a sequel to Form Miming Meaning (1999), offers a selection of papers given at the second international symposium on iconicity (Amsterdam 1999). In the light of semiotic, linguistic and literary theory the studies gathered here investigate how iconicity works on all levels of language, in literary texts and other forms of verbal discourse. They investigate, among other subjects, the semiotic foundations of iconicity, the role played by iconicity in language evolution and in the way words are positioned syntactically. Special consideration is given to the iconic nature of metaphor a.

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