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.
Chapter 17. Pictorial Responses and Projected Realities: On an Elicitation Procedure and its Ramifications (Gisela Bruche-Schulz)
Pictorial Responses and Projected Realities: On an Elicitation Procedure and its Ramifications
The pictorial responses to a narrative text that are focused on in this chapter raise questions concerning their pictorial format, their semiotic status, and their underlying reality-creating “acts of experience” (Thompson 2007: 268). Such acts of experience open vistas on scenes and scenarios of a narrative that is continued into the readers’ own situation. The responses take the text that is read as contextual input,1 and exhibit the readers’ “empathic perspective-taking” (de Waal 2008: 285) with the events and the characters of a narrative world by filling it with detail from the readers’ own contexts and perspectives. Thus, the readers’ abductive creations carry “the spiral of semiosis” (Deely 2001: 39) into newly projected, pictorially framed, realities.
As for the notion of “reality”, I refer to Schütz (1962 ). Schütz mentions, with reference to Bergson, that “our conscious life shows an indefinite number of different planes, ranging from the plane of action on one extreme to the plane of dream at the other” (1962 : 212). He remarks that he prefers to talk about “finite provinces of meaning upon each of which we may bestow the accent of reality” (ibid: 230). Such bestowing of the accent of reality on a province of meaning is accomplished by directing attention to it. When complying with the investigator’s request to jot down what...
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