The Motivated Sign

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| University of Amsterdam
| University of Zürich
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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.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
xi
List of contributors
xiii–xiv
Introduction: Veni, Vidi, Vici
Max Nänny and Olga Fischer
1–14
Part I: General
15
Semiotic foundations of iconicity in language and literature
Winfried Nöth
17–28
The semiotics of the Mise-en-Abyme
John J. White
29–53
Good probes: Icons, anaphors, and the evolution of language
William J. Herlofsky
55–66
Part II: Sounds and beyond
67
The sound as an echo to the sense: The iconicity of English gl- words
Piotr Sadowski
69–88
On natural motivation in metaphors: The case of the cucurbits
Ralf Norrman
89–107
Old English poetic texts and their Latin sources: Iconicity in Cædmon’s Hymn and The Phoenix
Earl R. Anderson
109–132
Part III: Visual iconicity: Writing, typography and the use of images
133
Iconic punctuation: Ellipsis marks in a historical perspective
Anne C. Henry
135–155
Iconic functions of long and short lines
Max Nänny
157–188
Iconicity in advertising signs: Motive and method in miming ‘the body’
Robbie B.H. Goh
189–210
Iconoclasm and iconicity in seventeenth-century English poetry
Loretta Innocenti
211–225
Part IV: Iconicity in grammatical structures
227
Structural iconicity: The English -S- and OF-genitives
C. Jac Conradie
229–247
The position of the adjective in (Old) English from an iconic perspective
Olga Fischer
249–276
Present participles as iconic expressions
Frank Jansen and Leo Lentz
277–288
Of Markov chains and upholstery buttons: “Moi, madame, votre chien...”
Jean-Jacques Lecercle
289–302
Part V: Iconicity in textual structures
303
Iconicity and rhetoric: A note on the iconic force of rhetorical figures in Shakespeare
Wolfgang G. Müller
305–322
The emergence of experiential iconicity and spatial perspective in landscape descriptions in English fiction
Werner Wolf
323–350
Iconic dimensions in Margaret Atwood’s poetry and prose
Christina Ljungberg
351–366
Author index
367–375
Subject index
377–387
“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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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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