Limiting the Iconic

From the metatheoretical foundations to the creative possibilities of iconicity in language

| University of Ghent
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Iconicity has become a popular notion in contemporary linguistic research. This book is the first to present a synthesis of the vast amount of scholarship on linguistic iconicity which has been produced in the previous decades, ranging from iconicity in phonology and morpho-syntax to the role of iconicity in language change. An extensive analysis is provided of some basic but nonetheless fundamental questions relating to iconicity in language, including: what is a linguistic sign and how are linguistic signs different from signs in general? What is an iconic sign and how may iconicity be involved in language? How does iconicity pertain to the relation between language and cognition? This book offers a new and comprehensive theoretical framework for iconicity in language. It is argued that the linguistic sign is fundamentally arbitrary, but that iconicity may be involved on a secondary level, adding extra meaning to an utterance.
[Iconicity in Language and Literature, 6]  2008.  xiii, 286 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
ix
Introduction
1–5
1. Language and reality in early Greek thought: Tracing back the roots of iconicity in language
7–30
2. "L'arbitraire du signe": A Saussurian dogma?
31–45
3. Iconicity: A semiotic approach
47–82
4. Jakobson's quest for the essence of language: A prelude to a theory of linguistic iconicity
83–90
5. Iconicity in language: General classification and specific principles
91–172
6. Cognitive foundations for iconicity in language
173–221
7. Double negation: An iconic account
223–249
Conclusions
251–255
References
257–274
Author index
275–277
Language index
279
Subject index
281–286
“Growing out of the author's dissertation, this book reads every bit like a monograph by a seasoned linguist. The survey of the literature on the topic is thorough and the author's critiques of previous scholars' theories and constructs are detailed, careful, and balanced. Of all the chapters, Chapter 5 strikes this reviewer as the most substantive and impressive: De Cuypere analyzes major works on iconicity to argue that most of these authors are off the mark. You think hard and eventually agree that he makes sense. At the end of the book, you think hard again and decide that he is largely right. Then you realize that you have read a very good book, a very important book, a book that you would come back to for information and inspiration later in your work.”
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Philosophy

Philosophy
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2008009389