The Motivated Sign

| University of Amsterdam
| University of Zürich
ISBN 9789027225740 (Eur) | EUR 130.00
ISBN 9781588110039 (USA) | USD 195.00
ISBN 9789027299338 | EUR 130.00 | USD 195.00
This volume, a sequel to Form Miming Meaning (1999), offers a selection of papers given at the second international symposium on iconicity (Amsterdam 1999). In the light of semiotic, linguistic and literary theory the studies gathered here investigate how iconicity works on all levels of language, in literary texts and other forms of verbal discourse. They investigate, among other subjects, the semiotic foundations of iconicity, the role played by iconicity in language evolution and in the way words are positioned syntactically. Special consideration is given to the iconic nature of metaphor and the ‘mise en abyme’, to iconically motivated punctuation and other typographic matters such as the manipulation of colour, fonts and spacing in advertising and in poetry. Other studies show how iconicity influences Shakespeare’s rhetoric, the structural design of Margaret Atwood’s writings and the changing fashions in fictional landscape description. Thus, these analyses of ‘the motivated sign’ represent yet another strong challenge to “Saussure’s dogma of arbitrariness” (Jakobson).
[Iconicity in Language and Literature, 2]  2001.  xiv, 387 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of contributors
Introduction: Veni, Vidi, Vici
Max Nänny and Olga Fischer
Part I: General
Semiotic foundations of iconicity in language and literature
Winfried Nöth
The semiotics of the Mise-en-Abyme
John J. White
Good probes: Icons, anaphors, and the evolution of language
William J. Herlofsky
Part II: Sounds and beyond
The sound as an echo to the sense: The iconicity of English gl- words
Piotr Sadowski
On natural motivation in metaphors: The case of the cucurbits
Ralf Norrman
Old English poetic texts and their Latin sources: Iconicity in Cædmon’s Hymn and The Phoenix
Earl R. Anderson
Part III: Visual iconicity: Writing, typography and the use of images
Iconic punctuation: Ellipsis marks in a historical perspective
Anne C. Henry
Iconic functions of long and short lines
Max Nänny
Iconicity in advertising signs: Motive and method in miming ‘the body’
Robbie B.H. Goh
Iconoclasm and iconicity in seventeenth-century English poetry
Loretta Innocenti
Part IV: Iconicity in grammatical structures
Structural iconicity: The English -S- and OF-genitives
C. Jac Conradie
The position of the adjective in (Old) English from an iconic perspective
Olga Fischer
Present participles as iconic expressions
Frank Jansen and Leo Lentz
Of Markov chains and upholstery buttons: “Moi, madame, votre chien...”
Jean-Jacques Lecercle
Part V: Iconicity in textual structures
Iconicity and rhetoric: A note on the iconic force of rhetorical figures in Shakespeare
Wolfgang G. Müller
The emergence of experiential iconicity and spatial perspective in landscape descriptions in English fiction
Werner Wolf
Iconic dimensions in Margaret Atwood’s poetry and prose
Christina Ljungberg
Author index
Subject index
“The Motivated Sign: Iconicity in Language and Literature 2 is a definite success for the researchers in language iconicity. It should also prove extremely useful to poetics researchers looking for the definition and properties of literariness in language. To all other linguists and literature students and researchers it is an open window to each other's field and to motivated sign theory.”
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