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Published November 20, 2010 by Routledge
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Book Description

Semiotics (the study of sign processes—‘semiosis’—and sign systems) embraces linguistics, philosophy, and literary studies, as well as linking to anthropology, art, psychology, and biology.

This new Routledge collection helps to make sense of the subject’s huge interdisciplinary corpus of scholarly literature and brings together the best and most influential materials from ‘the first phase’, neo-classics from the institutionalization of semiotics in the 1960s, and contemporary works illustrating the ongoing development of semiotics and its widening applications (for example, in the natural sciences).

Volume I (‘Philosophy’) collects pre-modern material showing the genesis of semiotics from Locke to Peirce, along with a range of work from the last thirty years. Volume II (‘Linguistics’) includes key work from recent developments in cognitive linguistics and cognitive semantics, while Volume III focuses on ‘Text and Image’. Finally, Volume IV (‘Logic, Biology, Psychology, Culture, and Anthropology’) gathers the best offerings from other disciplines, and from emerging fields such as ‘biosemiotics’.

Fully indexed, and with a comprehensive introduction, newly written by the editor, that places the collected material in its historical and intellectual context, this is an essential work destined to be valued by scholars, students, and researchers as a vital one-stop reference resource.

Table of Contents


Volume I: Philosophy

1. John Deely, ‘The Latin Foundation for Semiotic Consciousness; Augustine (5th Century AD) to Poinsot (17th Century)’, Recherches Sémiotiques, 2000, 20, 11–32.

2. John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690), Ch. XXI.

3. Immanuel Kant, ‘On the Schematism of the Pure Conceptions of the Understanding’, Critique of Pure Reason (1781), pp. 117–22.

4. Charles S. Peirce, ‘How to Make Our Ideas Clear’ [1878], in N. Houser and C. Kloesel (eds.), The Essential Peirce, Vol. 1 (Indiana University Press, 1992), pp. 124–41.

5. Charles S. Peirce, ‘Issues of Pragmaticism’ [1905], in N. Houser and C. Kloesel (eds.), The Essential Peirce, Vol. 2 (Indiana University Press, 1998), pp. 354–9.

6. Charles S. Peirce. ‘Sundry Logical Conceptions’, in N. Houser and C. Kloesel (eds.), The Essential Peirce, Vol. 2, (Indiana University Press, 1998), pp. 267–88.

7. Charles S. Peirce, ‘Nomenclature and Divisions of Triadic Relations, as Far as They are Determined’, in N. Houser and C. Kloesel (eds.), The Essential Peirce, Vol. 2 (Indiana University Press, 1998), pp. 289–99.

8. Gottlob Frege, ‘On Sense and Reference’ [1892], in P. Geach and M. Black (eds.), Translations from the Philosophical Writings of Gottlob Frege (Basil Blackwell, 1952), pp. 56–78.

9. Edmund Husserl, ‘The Difference Between Independent and Non-Independent Objects’ [1901], Logical Investigation: Logical Investigations (Routledge, 2001), pp. 4–24.

10. Ernst Cassirer, ‘The Problem of the Symbol and its Place in the System of Philosophy’ [1927], Man and World, 1978, 11, 411–28.

11. Maurice Merleau-Ponty, ‘On the Phenomenology of Language’, Signs (Northwestern University Press, 1964), pp. 84–97.

11. Barry Smith, ‘Putting the World Back into Semantics’, Grazer Philosophische Studien, 1993, 43, 91–109.

12. Jean Petitot, ‘Morphodynamics and Attractor Syntax: Constituency in Visual Perception and Cognitive Grammar’, in T. van Gelder and R. Port (eds.), Mind as Motion (MIT Press, 1995), pp. 230–61.

13. Umberto Eco, ‘Kant, Peirce, and the Platypus’, Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition (Secker and Warburg, 1997), pp. 57–122.

14. Jaakko Hintikka, ‘The Place of C. S. Peirce in the History of Logical Theory’, in J. Brunning and P. Forster (eds.), The Rule of Reason: The Philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce (University of Toronto Press, 1997), pp. 13–33.

15. Shaun Gallagher, ‘Mutual Enlightenment: Recent Phenomenology in Cognitive Science’, Journal of Consciousness Studies, 1997, 4, 3, 195–214.

16. Frederik Stjernfelt, ‘Diagrams as Centerpiece of a Peircean Epistemology’, Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, 2000, XXXVI, 3, 357–84.

17. Susan Haack, ‘Coherence, Consistency, Cogency, Congruity, Cohesiveness, &c.: Remain Calm! Don’t Go Overboard!’, New Literary History, 2004, 35, 167–83.


18. Ferdinand de Saussure, ‘Introduction’ [1915], Course in General Linguistics (Peter Owen, 1974), pp. 6–21.

19. Ferdinand de Saussure, ‘Nature of the Linguistic Sign’ [1915], Course in General Linguistics (Peter Owen, 1974), pp. 65–70.

20. Ferdinand de Saussure, ‘Linguistics Value’ [1915], Course in General Linguistics (Peter Owen, 1974), pp. 111–12.

21. Karl Bühler, ‘The Model of Language as Organon’ [1934], Theory of Language, trans. Donald Fraser Goodwin (John Benjamins, 1990), pp. 30–9.

22. Charles Morris, ‘Semiosis and Semiotic’, Writings on the General Theory of Signs (Mouton, 1938), pp. 19–27.

23. Roman Jakobson, ‘The Zero Sign’, in L. R. Waugh and M. Halle (eds.), Russian and Slavic Grammar: Studies, 1931–1981 (Walter de Gruyter, 1984), pp. 151–60.

24. Ernst A. Cassirer, ‘Structuralism in Modern Linguistics’, Word, 1945, 1/2, 99–120.

25. John Searle, ‘What is a Speech Act?’, in M. Black (ed.), Philosophy in America (Allen and Unwin, 1965), pp. 221–39.

26. A. J. Greimas and F. Rastier, ‘The Interaction of Semiotic Constraints’, Yale French Studies, 1968, 41, 48–62.

27. René Thom, ‘Semantics and linguistics’, Mathematical Models of Morphogenesis, trans. W. M. Brookes and D. Rand (Ellis Horwood, 1983), pp. 163–91.

28. Paul Grice, ‘Logic and Conversation’, Studies in the Way of Words (Harvard University Press, 1975), pp. 22–40.

29. Thomas A. Sebeok, ‘The Doctrine of Signs’, Journal of Social and Biological Structures, 1986, 9, 345–52.

30. Charles J. Fillmore, ‘Frame Semantics’, in Linguistic Society of Korea (ed.), Linguistics in the Morning Calm (Hanshin Publishing Company, 1982), pp. 373–400.

31. Ron Langacker, ‘Nouns and Verbs’ [1987], Concept, Image, and Symbol: The Cognitive Basis of Grammar (Mouton de Gruyter, 1991), pp. 59–91, 97–100.

32. Mark Johnson, ‘Image-Schematic Bases of Meaning’, Recherches Sémiotiques, 1989, 9, 1–3, 109–18.

33. George Lakoff, ‘The Contemporary Theory of Metaphor’, in A. Ortony (ed.), Metaphor and Thought (Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. 202–51.

34. Gilles Fauconnier and Mark Turner, ‘Conceptual Integration Networks’, Cognitive Science, 1998, 22, 2, 133–46, 151–6, 157–60, 162–9, 178–87.

35. Leonard Talmy, ‘The Relation of Grammar to Cognition’, Toward a Cognitive Semantics, Vol. 1 (MIT Press, 2000), pp. 21–31, 32–7, 40–72, 76–84, 88–96.

36. Peer Bundgaard, ‘The Ideal Scaffolding of Language: Husserl’s Fourth Logical Investigation in the Light of Cognitive Linguistics’, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 2004, 3, 49–80.

37. Per Aage Brandt, ‘Toward a Cognitive Semiotics’, Recherches en Communication, 2004, 19, 21–34.

Volume III: TEXT and IMAGE


38. Viktor Shklovsky, ‘Art as Device’, Theory of Prose (Dalkey Archive Press, 1990), pp. 1–14.

39. Roman Ingarden, The Literary Work of Art: An Investigation on the Borderlines of Ontology, Logic, and Theory of Literature [1931], trans. George G. Grabowicz (Northwestern University Press, 1973), pp. 160–73, 246–54, 262–71.

40. Roman Jakobson, ‘Poetics and Linguistics’ [1960], in Stephen Rudy (ed.), Roman Jakobson: Selected Writings, Vol. III (Mouton de Gruyter, 1981), pp. 18–51.

41. Gérard Genette, ‘Boundaries of Narrative’ [1969], New Literary History, 1976, 8, 1, 1–13.

42. Jurij Lotman, ‘Art as Language’, The Structure of the Artistic Text, trans. Gail Lenhoff and Ronald Vroon (University of Michigan Press, 1970), pp. 7–31.

43. A. J. Greimas and J. Courtes, Semiotics and Language: An Analytical Dictionary, trans. Larry Crist et al. (Indiana University Press, 1979), pp. 5–6, 103–5, 203–6, 339–40.

44. Dorrit Cohn, ‘The Encirclement of Narrative: On Franz Stanzel’s Theorie des Erzahlens’, Poetics Today, 1981, 2, 2, 157–82.

45. Mikhail Bakhtin, ‘The Problem of Speech Genres’, in Adam Jaworski and Nik Coupland (eds.), The Discourse Reader (Routledge, 1999), pp. 121–32

46. Patrick Colm Hogan, ‘Literary Universals’, Poetics Today, 1997, 18, 2, 223–49.

47. Jørgen Dines Johansen, ‘A Semiotic Definition of Literary Discourse’, Semiotica, 2007, 165, 1–4, 107–31.


48. Roman Ingarden, ‘Aesthetic Experience and Aesthetic Object’, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 1961, 21, 3, 289–313.

49. Roland Barthes, ‘Rhetoric of the Image’ [1964], Image, Music Text (Fontana Paperbacks, 1977), pp 32–51.

50. Ernst Gombrich, ‘Truth and the Stereotype’, Art and Illusion (Phaidon Press, 1960), pp. 55–78.

51. Rudolf Arnheim, ‘Dynamics’, Art and Visual Perception (University of California Press, 1974), pp. 410–44.

52. Rudolf Arnheim, ‘Form’, Art and Visual Perception (University of California Press, 1974), pp. 126–30, 152–6.

53. Rudolf Arnheim, ‘Art and Thought’, Visual Thinking (University of California Press, 1969), pp. 268–73.

54. Groupe µ, ‘Toward a General Rhetoric of Visual Statement: Interaction between Plastic and Iconic Signs’, in T. A. Sebeok and J. Umiker-Sebeok (eds), Advances in Visual Semiotics. The Semiotic Web, 1992–1993 (Mouton, De Gruyter, 1993), pp. 581–600.

55. Goran Sonesson, ‘Iconicity in the Ecology of Semiosis’, in Troels D. Johansson, Martin Skov and Berit Brogaard (eds.), Iconicity (Nordic Summer University Press, 1999), pp. 59–80.


1. Semiotics and Logic

56. Douglas Hofstadter, ‘On Seeing A’s and Seeing As’, Stanford Humanities Review, 1995, 4 , 2, 109–21.

57. Michael Hoffmann, ‘Problems with Peirce’s Concept of Abduction’, Foundations of Science, 1999, 4, 3, 271–305.

58. Terrence W. Deacon, ‘Universal Grammar and Semiotic Constraints’, in M. Christiansen and S. Kirby (eds.), Language Evolution (Oxford University Press, 2003), pp. 111–39.

59. John F. Sowa, ‘Conceptual Graphs’, in F. van Harmelen et al. (eds.), Handbook of Knowledge Representation (Elsevier, 2008), pp. 213–37.

2. Biosemiotics

60. Jakob von Uexküll, ‘The Theory of Meaning’, Semiotica, 1940, 42, 1, 25–82.

61. Rene Thom, ‘Animal Psychism vs. Human Psychism’, in M. de Groslier (ed.), Glossogenetics: The Origin and Evolution of Language (Harwood Academic Publishers, 1983), pp. 3–14.

62. Kalevi Kull, ‘Biosemiotics in the Twentieth Century: A View from Biology’, Semiotica, 1999, 127, 1, 4, 385–414.

63. Jesper Hoffmeyer and Claus Emmeche, ‘The Biology of Signification’, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 2000, 43, 2, 252–68.

64. Thomas A. Sebeok, ‘Biosemiotics: Its Roots, Proliferation, and Prospects’, Global Semiotics (Indiana University Press 2001), pp. 31–43.

65. K. Kull, C. Emmeche, and D. Favareau, ‘Biosemiotic Questions’, Biosemiotics, 2008, 1, 1, 41–55.

3. Semiotics and Psychology

66. Max Wertheimer, ‘Laws of Organization in Perceptual Forms’, in W. Ellis (ed.), A Sourcebook of Gestalt Psychology (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1938), pp. 71–88.

67. Eleanor Rosch, ‘Principles of Categorization’, in E. Rosch and B. Lloyd (eds.), Cognition and Categorization (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., 1978), pp. 189–206.

68. Jean M. Mandler, ‘How to Build a Baby II. Conceptual Primitives’, Psychological Review, 1992, 99, 4, 587–604.

69. Lawrence Barsalou, ‘Perceptual Symbol Systems’, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1999, 22, 577–609, 652–60.

4. IV. Semiotics, Sociology, and Anthropology; Cultural Semiotics, Social Semiotics, and Anthropology

70. Claude Lévi-Strauss, ‘Structural Analysis in Linguistics and in Anthropology’ [1958], Structural Anthropology, trans. Claire Jacobson and Brooke Grundfest Schoepf (Penguin, 1963), pp. 31–54.

71. Claude Lévi-Strauss, ‘The Structural Study of Myth’ [1958], Structural Anthropology, trans. Claire Jacobson and Brooke Grundfest Schoepf (Penguin, 1963), pp. 206–31.

72. Roland Barthes, ‘Myth Today’, Mythologies, trans. Annette Lavers (Hill and Wang, 1972), pp. 109–37.

73. Yuri Lotman, ‘Semiotic Space’, Universe of the Mind (Indiana University Press, 1990), pp. 123–30.

74. Yuri Lotman, ‘The Notion of Boundary’, Universe of the Mind (Indiana University Press, 1990), pp. 130–42.

75. Michael Tomasello et al., ‘Understanding and Sharing Intentions: The Origins of Cultural Cognition’, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 2005, 28, 675–91.

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