LINGUIST List 11.296

Sun Feb 13 2000

Books: Iconicity in Language and Literature

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Iconicity in Language and Literature: Form Miming Meaning

Message 1: Iconicity in Language and Literature: Form Miming Meaning

Date: Wed, 09 Feb 2000 14:41:42 -0500
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Iconicity in Language and Literature: Form Miming Meaning

John Benjamins Publishing announces a new work in Iconicity:

Form Miming Meaning.
Iconicity in language and literature.
Max N�NNY and Olga FISCHER (eds.)
US & Canada: 1 55619 533 8 / USD 120.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 2179 0 / NLG 240.00 (Hardcover)

The recent past has seen an increasing interest in iconicity
especially among linguists. This collection puts the interdisciplinary 
study of iconic dimensions (comprising what has been termed 
'imagic iconicity',as well as 'diagrammatic iconicity', i.e. iconicity of 
a more abstract and less semiotic type) on the map, paying special attention 
to the use of iconicity in literary texts. The studies presented here explore 
iconicity from two different angles. A first group of authors brings into
focus how far the primary code, the code of grammar is influenced
by iconic motivation (with contributions on rules involved in discourse; 
rules in word formation; and phonological rules), and
how originally iconic models have become conventionalized. 
Others go one step further in exploring how, for instance, the presence of
iconicity can tell us more about the structure of human cognition,
or how the "iconicist desire for symmetry" can be related to the
symmetry of the human body. A second group of contributors is more
interested in the presence of iconicity as part of the secondary
code, i.e. in how speakers and writers remotivate or play with the
primary code; how they concretise what has become conventional or
how they use form to add to meaning in literary texts, commercial
language and in the new electronic use of texts.

Contributions by: Olga Fischer and Max N�nny; Ivan Fon�gy; John
Haiman; Ralf Norrman; John J. White; Simon J. Alderson; Andreas
Fischer; Hans Heinrich Meier; Walter Bernhart; Michael Webster;
Matthias Bauer; Peter Halter; Eva Lia Wyss; Friedrich Ungerer;
Ingrid Piller; Bernd Kortmann; Wolfgang G. M�ller; Elzbieta
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