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LINGUIST List 21.71

Wed Jan 06 2010

Books: Discipline of Ling/Semantics/Pragmatics/Ling Theories: Petrilli

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Signifying and Understanding: Petrilli

Message 1: Signifying and Understanding: Petrilli
Date: 23-Dec-2009
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Signifying and Understanding: Petrilli
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Title: Signifying and Understanding
Subtitle: Reading the Works of Victoria Welby and the Signific Movement
Series Title: Semiotics, Communication and Cognition 2
Published: 2009
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110218503-1

Author: Susan Petrilli
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110218510 Pages: 1048 Price: Europe EURO 145.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110218503 Pages: 1048 Price: Europe EURO 129.95

The theory of signifying (significs), formulated and introduced by Victoria
Welby for the first time in 1890s, is at the basis of much of
twentieth-century linguistics, as well as in other language and
communication sciences such as sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics,
translation theory and semiotics. Indirectly, the origins of approaches,
methods and categories elaborated by analytical philosophy, Wittgenstein
himself, Anglo-American speech act theory, and pragmatics are largely found
with Victoria Lady Welby. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to say, in
addition, that Welby is the "founding mother" of semiotics. Some of
Peirce's most innovative writings - for example, those on existential
graphs - are effectively letters to Lady Welby. She was an esteemed
correspondent of scholars such as Bertrand Russell, Charles K. Ogden,
Herbert G. Wells, Ferdinand S. C. Schiller, Michel Bréal, André Lalande,
the brothers Henry and William James, and Peirce, as well as Frederik van
Eeden, Mary Everst Boole, Ferdinand Tönnies, and Giovanni Vailati. Her
writings directly inspired the Signific Movement in the Netherlands,
important for psycholinguistics, linguistics and semantics and inaugurated
by van Eeden and developed by such authors as Gerrit Mannoury.

This volume, containing introductions and commentaries, presents a
selection from Welby's published and unpublished writings delineating the
whole course of her research through to developments with the Significs
Movement in the Netherlands and still other ramifications, contemporary and
subsequent to her. A selection of essays by first-generation significians
contributing to the Signific Movement in the Netherlands completes the
collection, testifying to the progress of significs after Welby and even
independently from her. This volume contributes to the reconstruction on
both the historical and theoretical levels of an important period in the
history of ideas. The aim of the volume is to convey a sense of the
theoretical topicality of significs and its developments, especially in
semiotics, and in particular its thematization of the question of values
and the connection with signs, meaning, and understanding, therefore with
human verbal and nonverbal behavior, language and communication.

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics
                            Linguistic Theories

Written In: English (eng )

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