The Motivated Sign
Olga Fischer | University of Amsterdam
Max Nänny | University of Zürich
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
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements | p. xi
List of contributors | pp. xiii–xiv
Introduction: Veni, Vidi, ViciMax Nänny and Olga Fischer | pp. 1–14
Part I: General | p. 15
Semiotic foundations of iconicity in language and literatureWinfried Nöth | pp. 17–28
The semiotics of the Mise-en-AbymeJohn J. White | pp. 29–53
Good probes: Icons, anaphors, and the evolution of languageWilliam J. Herlofsky | pp. 55–66
Part II: Sounds and beyond | p. 67
The sound as an echo to the sense: The iconicity of English gl- wordsPiotr Sadowski | pp. 69–88
On natural motivation in metaphors: The case of the cucurbitsRalf Norrman | pp. 89–107
Old English poetic texts and their Latin sources: Iconicity in Cædmon’s Hymn and The PhoenixEarl R. Anderson | pp. 109–132
Part III: Visual iconicity: Writing, typography and the use of images | p. 133
Iconic punctuation: Ellipsis marks in a historical perspectiveAnne C. Henry | pp. 135–155
Iconic functions of long and short linesMax Nänny | pp. 157–188
Iconicity in advertising signs: Motive and method in miming ‘the body’Robbie B.H. Goh | pp. 189–210
Iconoclasm and iconicity in seventeenth-century English poetryLoretta Innocenti | pp. 211–225
Part IV: Iconicity in grammatical structures | p. 227
Structural iconicity: The English -S- and OF-genitivesC. Jac Conradie | pp. 229–247
The position of the adjective in (Old) English from an iconic perspectiveOlga Fischer | pp. 249–276
Present participles as iconic expressionsFrank Jansen and Leo Lentz | pp. 277–288
Of Markov chains and upholstery buttons: “Moi, madame, votre chien...”Jean-Jacques Lecercle | pp. 289–302
Part V: Iconicity in textual structures | p. 303
Iconicity and rhetoric: A note on the iconic force of rhetorical figures in ShakespeareWolfgang G. Müller | pp. 305–322
The emergence of experiential iconicity and spatial perspective in landscape descriptions in English fictionWerner Wolf | pp. 323–350
Iconic dimensions in Margaret Atwood’s poetry and proseChristina Ljungberg | pp. 351–366
Author index | pp. 367–375
Subject index | pp. 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.”
Oana Jan, University of Rouen, France in Linguist List Vol-12-2854. Wed Nov 14 2001
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