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Cross-modal iconicity: A cognitive semiotic approach to sound symbolism
It is being increasingly recognized that the Saussurean dictum of "the arbitrariness of the linguistic sign" is in conflict with the pervasiveness of the phenomenon commonly known as "sound
The semiotic hierarchy: life, consciousness, signs and language
This article outlines a general theory of meaning, The Semiotic Hierarchy, which distinguishes between four major levels in the organization of meaning: life, consciousness, sign function and
A third way to travel: The place of Thai in motion event typology.
It has become almost impossible to consider motion-event descriptions, especially from a typological perspective, without starting from the seminal work of Talmy (1985, 1991, 2000), and its
Actual and non-actual motion: why experientialist semantics needs phenomenology (and vice versa)
Experientialist semantics has contributed to a broader notion of linguistic meaning by emphasizing notions such as construal, perspective, metaphor, and embodiment, but has suffered from an
The co-evolution of intersubjectivity and bodily mimesis
This chapter presents an evolutionary and developmental model, according to which intersubjectivity is intimately tied to bodily mimesis – the use of the body for communicative and representational
Spatial Semantics
This chapter presents an overview of cognitive linguistic research in spatial semantics, i.e., investigations into the meaning of spatial language that regard language as an integrated part of human
The Epigenesis of Meaning in Human Beings, and Possibly in Robots
  • J. Zlatev
  • Philosophy
    Minds and Machines
  • 1 May 2001
A model of human cognitive and linguistic development is proposed according to which physical, social and linguistic interactions between the individual and the environment have their respective peaks in three consecutive stages of development: episodic, mimetic and symbolic.
Levels of Meaning, Embodiment, and Communication
Behind the slogan-like notion of the " embodied mind " lie a plethora of different concepts and theoretical frameworks, and the extent to which they are mutually compatible remains unclear.
Meaning = Life (+ Culture): An outline of a unified biocultural theory of meaning
The article presents the outlines of an integrative theory of meaning based on the concept of value, understood both as a biological and as a socio-cultural category, synthesizing ideas from
Stages and transitions in children’s semiotic development
Stage models were prevalent in developmental psychology in the past, but have recently been subjected to much criticism. We propose “rehabilitation”, defining semiotic stage as a (not necessarily