Iconicity in Language

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Several current linguistic approaches converge in rejecting the wide-spread idea that language is an autonomous system, i.e. that it is structured independently from the outside world and the natural equipment of language users. Around the world, semiotically biased linguistics (functionalism, naturalism, etc.) takes this position, which differentiates it very clearly from generative linguistics. One of the basic assumptions of such approaches is that language structure includes some non-arbitrary aspects, from the phonological through the textual level, and a great amount of research has occurred in the last decade regarding the “iconic aspects” of language(s). This volume focuses on generally neglected dimensions of language and semiotic activity, featuring contributions by philosophers, linguists, semioticians, and psychologists. After tracing the tradition of iconicity in the history of linguistic thought, the central section is devoted to specific analyses emphasizing the role of non-arbitrary phenomena in language foundation and linguistic structure. Specifically discussed are numeration systems, the gestural systems of communication among deaf people, the genesis of writing in children, and inter-ethnic communication.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 110]  1995.  xii, 315 pp.
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Table of Contents
Foreword: Under the Sign of Cratylus
Raffaele Simone
vii
I. History of Linguistics
1
Criticisms of the Arbitrariness of Language in Leibniz and Vico and the ‘Natural’ Philosophy of Language
Stefano Gensini
3
II. Semiotic Theory
19
Interactions between Iconicity and Other Semiotic Parameters in Language
Wolfgang U. Dressler
21
Iconicity and/or Arbitrariness
Rudolf Engler
39
Isomorphism in the Grammatical Code: Cognitive and Biological Considerations
T. Givón
47
The Icon as an Abductive Process towards Identity
Roberto Ajello
77
III. Language Description and Linguistic Theory
85
The Iconic Index: From Sound Change to Rhyming Slang
Raimo Anttila and Sheila Embleton
87
Iconicity in Grammaticalization Processes
Anna Giacalone Ramat
119
Iconicity between Indicativity and Predicativity
Hansjakob Seiler
141
Iconic Aspects of Syntax: A Pragmatic Approach
Raffaele Simone
153
Figure and Ground in Second Language Narratives: Traces of Iconicity
Franca Orletti
171
Morphological Markedness in L2 Acquisition
Monica Berretta
197
IV. Sign Systems Other than Verbal Language
235
Terms for Spatio-Temporal Relations in Italian Sign Language
Elena Antinoro Pizzuto, Emanuela Cameracanna, Serena Corazza and Virginia Volterra
237
Creative Iconic Gestures: some Evidence from Aphasics
Emanuela Magno Caldognetto and Isabella Poggi
257
Iconicity in Children’s First Written Texts
Clotilde Pontecorvo
277
Index
309
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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