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Language − Literature − the Arts: A Cognitive-Semiotic Interface

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Edited By Elżbieta Chrzanowska-Kluczewska and Olga Vorobyova

The book offers an interdisciplinary discussion of the cognitive-semiotic interface between language, literature, and the arts, with a special focus on creativity and imagination. It brings together international contributors suggesting a wide range of innovative perspectives on the correlation between verbal discourse and creative artefacts. The book reveals the specificity of such phenomena as parallax, transparency, corporeal imagination, and multimodality. Alongside interpreting artistic texts, the contributors search for cognitive and semiotic manifestations of creativity in political and everyday discourse.

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Transparency Across Semiotic Modes: An Ecological Stance (Olena Morozova)

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Olena Morozova

V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine

Transparency Across Semiotic Modes: An Ecological Stance

Abstract: Transparency as a transdisciplinary notion displays a number of its semiotic modes that can be explicated in terms of cognitive processes. Exploring the ways in which we think about transparency, this contribution takes the ecological view of cognition, according to which mental entities related to things and phenomena are viewed as dynamic, embodied, situationally embedded, and distributed. The author of the paper claims that transparency can be regarded as perceived visually, enacted cognitively, reenacted symbolically and instantiated discursively to generate particular effects. Approaching transparency as an affordance offered by things or media to their observers in certain situational environments allows, in the author’s view, to extend its limits not only from the mind into the body but further, into the environment. Unlike physical transparency, manifestations of imaginary transparency in visual arts and everyday communication crystallise new senses that modify interpretation of verbal utterances and works of art.

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