Semiotic Evolution and the Dynamics of Culture

by Marcel Bax (Volume editor) Barend van Heusden (Volume editor) Wolfgang Wildgen (Volume editor)
©2004 Edited Collection XX, 322 Pages


This book is about patterns of development in the history of culture. Bringing together three areas of research: semiotics, cultural history, and evolutionary psychology, it attempts to bridge the gap that still separates the study of culture from the cognitive sciences.
The multidisciplinary approach chosen by the contributors derives its impetus from the deep conviction that in order to understand the logic of cultural development, one must take the building blocks of culture, that is, signs and language, as a starting point for research.
Central issues related to patterns of cultural evolution are dealt with in contributions on the development of mind and culture, the history of the media, the diversity of sign systems, culture and code, and the dynamics of semiosis. Theoretically oriented contributions alternate with in-depth case studies on such diverging topics as the evolution of language and art in prehistory, ritual as the fountainhead of indirect communication, developments in renaissance painting, the evolution of classification systems in chemistry, changing attitudes toward animal consciousness, and developments in computer technology.


XX, 322
ISBN (Softcover)
Semiotik Aufsatzsammlung Semiotics evolutionary psychology Cultural developpement Antropology Cognitive Science Soziokultureller Wandel Cultural history
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2004. XX, 322 pp., num. fig. and tables

Biographical notes

Marcel Bax (Volume editor) Barend van Heusden (Volume editor) Wolfgang Wildgen (Volume editor)

The Editors: Marcel Bax is Associate Professor of Discourse Linguistics, University of Groningen. His research includes studies in historical pragmatics, semiolinguistics, and discourse analysis. He has published articles, books, and edited volumes on ritual language, cognitive pragmatics, and (applied) linguistics. Barend van Heusden is Associate Professor of Semiotics of Culture, University of Groningen. His research interests focus on literary theory, the semiotics of culture, and biosemiotics. His publications include books, book chapters, and articles on literary semiosis, literary culture, and the evolution of culture. Wolfgang Wildgen is Professor of German and General Linguistics, University of Bremen. His main research areas are semantics, sociolinguistics, semiotics, and mathematical linguistics. He is the author of books and articles on dynamic semantics, renaissance semiotics, and language evolution.


Title: Semiotic Evolution and the Dynamics of Culture