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Title: Signergy
Edited By: C. Jac Conradie
Ronél Johl
Marthinus Beukes
Olga Fischer
Christina Ljungberg
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=ILL%209
Series Title: Iconicity in Language and Literature 9
Description:

The title of this volume strives to capture the dynamic scope and range of
the essays it contains, applying insights into the workings of iconicity to
texts as far removed from each other in time as the Medieval tale of a
bishop-fish and the war-poems of 20th century Italian Futurist F.T.
Marinetti, and as thematically diverse as the Pilgrim’s Progress and the
poetry of e.e. cummings. Applications reference both language and
linguistics as well as literature and literary theory – and related fields
such as sign language and translation; the former approached from the point
of view of Japan Sign Language, the latter with reference to translations
of the Koran and the Sesotho Bible, as well as modern German and English
Bible translations. On the language side, the intricate relationships
between sound symbolism and etymology, and between analogy and
grammaticalization are examined in depth. On the literary side, the iconic
effects of techniques such as enjambment and metrical inversion are
considered, but also the ways in which an understanding of iconicity can
open up meanings in complex poetry, like that of the Afrikaans poet T.T.
Cloete – in this particular instance three poems inspired by figures as
diverse as Dante, Paul Klee and the pop icon Marilyn Monroe. In view of the
fact that form is able to mime meaning and meaning itself can be mimed by
meaning, the theoretical question is asked – on the basis of a wide range
of examples from literature, language, music and other sign-systems –
whether meaning can also mime form. An introduction to the work of H.C.T.
Müller, an early scholar in the field of iconicity, highlights a
regrettably little known South African contribution to the development of
iconicity theory.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature
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ISBN-13: 9789027288417
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ISBN-13: 9789027243454
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