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Meaning, Mind and Communication

Explorations in Cognitive Semiotics

Edited By Jordan Zlatev, Göran Sonesson and Piotr Konderak

This volume constitutes the first anthology of texts in cognitive semiotics – the new transdisciplinary study of meaning, mind and communication that combines concepts and methods from semiotics, cognitive science and linguistics – from a multitude of established and younger scholars. The chapters deal with the interaction between language and other semiotic resources, the role of consciousness and concepts, the nature of metaphor, the specificity of human evolution and development, the relation between cognitive semiotics and related fields, and other central topics. They are grouped in four sections: (i) Meta-theoretical perspectives, (ii) Semiotic development and evolution, (iii) Meaning across media, modes and modalities, (iv) Language, blends and metaphors.

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Ines Adornetti is Temporary Lecturer of Philosophy of Language at Roma Tre University. Department of Philosophy, Communication and Visual Arts, Roma Tre University, via Ostiense 234, 00146 Rome, Italy.

Maíra Avelar is Professor in Linguistics, and coordinator of Cognition and Language Studies Lab, with research focus on metaphor and mutimodality.Universidade Estadual do Sudoeste da Bahia, Programa de Pós-graduação em Linguística, Estrada do Bem-querer, km4,s/n, Bairro Universitário 45031–300 Vitória da Conquista-BA Brasil.

Gisela Bruche-Schulz is currently an independent scholar, formerly at Hong Kong Baptist University, with research focus on thought, language, and the validating of meaning. Mueggelstr. 21A, 10247 Berlin, Germany.

Marco Bagli is PhD candidate in Cognitive Linguistics at the University of Perugia, whose research concentrates on metaphors and the conceptualization of the senses. C/o the Umbra Institute, P.zza IV Novembre 23, 06123 Perugia (PG), Italy.

Per Aage Brandt is Professor in Semiotics with a long career of research in language and meaning, and one of the founders of cognitve semiotics. Department of Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106–7063, USA.

Michael Carnevale is Research Assistant with the Perceptual Artifacts Lab, working with psychophysical methods, multisensory integration, and perceptual illusions. OCAD Faculty of Design, OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 1W1.

Alessandra Chiera is a post-doctoral researcher, with interest in the psychological...

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