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Title: From Sign to Signing
Subtitle: Iconicity in language and literature. Volume 3.
Edited By: Wolfgang G. Müller
Olga Fischer
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=Z_116

This volume, a sequel to Form Miming Meaning (1999) and The Motivated Sign (2001), offers a selection of papers given at the Third International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature (Jena 2001). The studies collected here present a number of new departures. Special consideration is given to the way non-linguistic visual and auditory signs (such as gestures and bird sounds) are represented in language, and more specifically in ‘signed’ language, and how such signs influence semantic conceptualization. Other studies examine more closely how visual signs and representations of time and space are incorporated or reflected in literary language, in fiction as well as (experimental) poetry. A further new approach concerns intermedial iconicity, which emerges in art when its medium is changed or another medium is imitated. A more abstract, diagrammatic type of iconicity is again investigated, with reference to both language and literature: some essays focus on the device of reduplication, isomorphic tendencies in word formation and on creative iconic patterns in syntax, while others explore numerical design in Dante and geometrical patterning in Dylan Thomas. A number of theoretically-oriented papers pursue post-Peircean approaches, such as the application of reader-response theory and of systems theory to iconicity.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgments ix•x
List of contributors xi•xiii
Introduction: From Signing back to Signs
Olga Fischer and Wolfgang G. Müller 1•20
Part I: Auditory and visual signs and signing 21
The influence of sign language iconicity on semantic conceptualization
Klaudia Grote and Erika Linz 23•39
What You See Is What You Get: Iconicity and metaphor in the visual language of written and signed poetry: A cognitive poetic approach
William J. Herlofsky 41•61
Spatial iconicity in two English verb classes
Axel Hübler 63•77
What imitates birdcalls? Two experiments on birdcalls and their linguistic representations
Keiko Masuda 79•103
Part II: Visual iconicity and iconic mapping 105
Perspective in experimental shaped poetry: A semiotic approach
John J. White 107•129
Where reading peters out: Iconic images in the entropic text
Julian Moyle 131•153
Iconic representation of space and time in Vladimir Sorokin’s novel The ueue (Ochered’)þ
Andreas Ohme 155•167 “Vision and Prayer”: Dylan Thomas and the Power of X
Matthias Bauer 169•183
Diagrams in narrative: Visual strategies in contemporary fiction
Christina Ljungberg 185•201
Part III: Structural iconicity 203
The iconicity of Afrikaans reduplication
C. Jac Conradie 205•225
Diagrammatic iconicity in the lexicon: Base and derivation in the history of German verbal word-formation
Volker Harm 227•243
Creative syntax: Iconic principles within the symbolic
Beate Hampe and Doris Schönefeld 245•263
Aspects of grammatical iconicity in English
Guenter Rohdenburg 265•287
Beatrice: or The geometry of love
Wilhelm Pötters 289•316
How metaphor and iconicity are entwined in poetry: A case in Haikuþ
Masako K. Hiraga 317•335
Part IV: Intermedial iconicity 337
Intermedial iconicity in fiction: Tema con variazioni
Werner Wolf 339•360
Iconicity and literary translation
Elżbieta Tabakowska 361•376
Part V: New applications of sign theory 377
Iconizing literature
Jorgen Dines Johansen 379•410
From signal to symbol: Towards a systems typology of linguistic signs
Piotr Sadowski 411•424
Author index 425
Subject index 427

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Cognitive Science
Language Family(ies): Sign Language
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588112888
ISBN-13: 9781588112880
Pages: xiv, 441 pp.
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ISBN: 9027225931
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Pages: xiv, 441 pp.
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