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Unfolding the Semiotic Web in Urban Discourse

In Scientific Cooperation with Daina Teters

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Edited By Zdzislaw Wasik

The main focus of this volume is on urbanity as a discursive way of human life in the city. Discourse is specified here in terms of semiotic codes and processes that link city dwellers as communicating selves into interpersonal and intersubjective collectivities when they create and interpret similar meanings embodied in material bearers. Accordingly, the unfolding of the semiotic web is understood, firstly, as detecting and evaluating the growth and manifestation of the sphere of meaning-bearers or a sequence of meaning-bearing events, and secondly, as identifying and explaining the constituents and aspects of discourse in the light of signs and/or sign-processes that aggregate individual participants of communication into discursive linkages on a lower level and discursive communities – on a higher level of social grouping. Some contributions deal with the discursive properties of human individuals in urban environments, and some others are devoted either to the meta-discourses on the city or discourses in the city.

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Józef Zaprucki: On the historical interference in the urban discourse – a research communiqué (on the basis of Jelenia Góra and Karkonosze mountains region) 215

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Józef Zaprucki KARKONOSZE STATE SCHOOL OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN JELENIA GÓRA & PHILOLOGICAL SCHOOL OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN WROCŁAW On the historical interference in the urban discourse – a research communiqué (on the basis of Jelenia Góra and Karkonosze mountains region) Silesia, especially Lower Silesia, is the region in the south-west part of Poland (bordering Germany) where many Polish people were resettled from the east part of Poland after World War II. In this region, they met with foreign (pre-war) German culture. The process of communication between the present Polish and the previous foreign German culture takes place not only in the aspect of time but also in terms of material and men- tal communication. This process is also crucial when speaking about the identity and roots of the people who settled down in Silesia after World War II. In Silesia, there are many places where the mentioned process is easily observed. For example, in a medium sized town Jelenia Góra (German Hirschberg) where the most remarkable features of cultural communication in the historically determined space of this city can be defined. In order to distinguish the fields of the previous foreign cultural im- pact, we have to point out, as above, two aspects of this impact: the mate- rial and the mental. In the material field, many historical objects of a German nature can be treated as signs and patterns of the foreign cul- ture influencing the new cultural and mental development that followed after 1945....

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