Persian Calligraphy: A Corpus Study of Letterforms, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Persian Calligraphy

A Corpus Study of Letterforms, 1st Edition

By Mahdiyeh Meidani


368 pages | 228 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367209049
pub: 2019-09-01
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This book provides a study on calligraphic letterforms in general and Persian Nastaliq calligraphic letterforms in particular by applying the various insights of multimodal social semiotics and the two systems of graphology and graphetics. The main purpose of the research is to investigate the extent of functionality of calligraphic letterforms and their independence from language to make individual distinct meanings beyond linguistic practices and conventional meanings embedded in language.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Corpus Analysis

3. Graphetic Analysis

4. Toward Semiotics of Nastaliq Calligraphy

5. Holliday's Triple Metafunctions - As Requisite of Any Semiotic Mode - In Nastaliq Calligraphy

6. Toward A Distinct Feature Analysis

7. Conclusion References

About the Author

Mahdiyeh Meidani is a visual artist and a researcher in the field of Media and Visual Communication. After studying Fine Arts and Media and Communication with a specialization in global journalism, she has worked as a graphic designer, text artist, and calligrapher and has held individual and group exhibitions in calligraphy, typography, and lettering. She has also taught Persian calligraphy and lettering. Her main research interests include multimodality and social semiotics, as well as visual semiotics and materiality of fine arts and writing.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Techniques / Calligraphy
ART / Middle Eastern
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies