Signergy

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| University of Johannesburg
| University of Johannesburg
| University of Johannesburg
| University of Amsterdam
| University of Zurich
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The title of this volume strives to capture the dynamic scope and range of the essays it contains, applying insights into the workings of iconicity to texts as far removed from each other in time as the Medieval tale of a bishop-fish and the war-poems of 20th century Italian Futurist F.T. Marinetti, and as thematically diverse as the Pilgrim’s Progress and the poetry of e.e. cummings. Applications reference both language and linguistics as well as literature and literary theory – and related fields such as sign language and translation; the former approached from the point of view of Japan Sign Language, the latter with reference to translations of the Koran and the Sesotho Bible, as well as modern German and English Bible translations. On the language side, the intricate relationships between sound symbolism and etymology, and between analogy and grammaticalization are examined in depth. On the literary side, the iconic effects of techniques such as enjambment and metrical inversion are considered, but also the ways in which an understanding of iconicity can open up meanings in complex poetry, like that of the Afrikaans poet T.T. Cloete – in this particular instance three poems inspired by figures as diverse as Dante, Paul Klee and the pop icon Marilyn Monroe. In view of the fact that form is able to mime meaning and meaning itself can be mimed by meaning, the theoretical question is asked – on the basis of a wide range of examples from literature, language, music and other sign-systems – whether meaning can also mime form. An introduction to the work of H.C.T. Müller, an early scholar in the field of iconicity, highlights a regrettably little known South African contribution to the development of iconicity theory.
[Iconicity in Language and Literature, 9]  2010.  x, 420 pp.
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Table of Contents
Preface and acknowledgements
vii
List of contributors
ix–x
Introduction: Signergy
Ronél Johl, C. Jac Conradie and Marthinus Beukes
1–20
Part I. Theoretical approaches
Literary practices and imaginative possibilities: Toward a pragmatic understanding of iconicity
Vincent Colapietro
23–45
The bell jar, the maze and the mural: Diagrammatic figurations as textual performance
Christina Ljungberg
47–72
Iconicity as meaning miming meaning and meaning miming form
Lars Elleström
73–100
A view from the margins: Theoretical contributions to an understanding of iconicity from the Afrikaans-speaking research community
Ronél Johl
101–126
Part II. Visual iconicity
Iconic and indexical elements in Italian Futurist poetry: F. T. Marinetti’s “words-in-freedom”
John J. White
129–156
Taking a line for a walk: Poetic contour drawings and contoured poems
Heilna du Plooy
157–178
Iconicity and naming in E. E. Cummings’s poetry
Etienne Terblanche
179–191
Bunyan and the physiognomy of the Wor(l)d
Matthias Bauer
193–210
From icon to index and back: A 16th century description of a “sea-bishop”
C. Jac Conradie
211–224
The poem as icon of the painting: Poetic iconicity in Johannes Vermeer and Tom Gouws
Marthinus Beukes
225–240
Part III. Iconicity and historical change
Iconicity and etymology
Anatoly Liberman
243–258
Iconicity typological and theological: J. G. Hamann and James Joyce
Strother B. Purdy
259–278
An iconic, analogical approach to grammaticalization
Olga Fischer
279–298
Part IV. Iconicity and positionality
Iconic signs, motivated semantic networks, and the nature of conceptualization: What iconic signing spaces can tell us about mental spaces
William J. Herlofsky
301–317
Iconicity and subjectivisation in the English NP: The case of little
Victorina González-Díaz
319–345
Metrical inversion and enjambment in the context of syntactic and morphological structures: Towards a poetics of verse
Wolfgang G. Müller
347–363
Part V. Iconicity and translation
Translation, iconicity, and dialogism
Susan Petrilli
367–386
Iconicity and developments in translation studies
Jacobus A. Naudé
387–411
Author index
413
Subject index
417
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Subjects
BIC Subject: GTE – Semiotics / semiology
BISAC Subject: LAN015000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Rhetoric
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2009051208