In Scientific Cooperation with Daina Teters
Edited By Zdzislaw Wasik
Daina Teters: Imaginary architecture and the verbal description of emptiness: Paths, roads, and streets – a research communiqué 181
Daina Teters LATVIAN ACADEMY OF CULTURE IN RIGA Imaginary architecture and the verbal description of emptiness: Paths, roads, and streets – a research communiqué1 The following presentation aims at providing some inspiration sources for students and young researchers who might be interested in answering the questions of how the human perception of emptiness and the delimitation of space in urban environments have influenced the dif- ferentiation of world views that are encountered in various languages spoken in the European Union. To explain my position having been elaborated at one of the subsequent international congresses of semiotics2 as well as in my earlier studies on the verbalization of center and periph- ery concepts (cf. Teters 2009 and 2010), I would like to depart here from the statement that, in the beginning, human beings were not conscious of the nonexistence of emptiness: the World seemed to be full, loud and chaotic. The presence of human beings on earth was described fairly sim- ply: as a kind of similarity between the human being and the Earth. Start- ing with Xenophanes (a Greek philosopher, ca 570–ca 480 B.C.), how- ever, it gained a new meaning to refer to the inhabited world, as well as a new sound (oikouménē) or Ekumene (also spelled œcumene or oik- 1 The research results summarized here have been published by the author in an arti- cle (Teters 2010) and subsequently presented in a German paper: Daina Teters: Imaginative Architektur und Verbale Beschreibung der Leere: Wege und Strassen...
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