Iconic variables

  title={Iconic variables},
  author={P. Schlenker and Jonathan Lamberton and M. Santoro},
  journal={Linguistics and Philosophy},
  • P. Schlenker, Jonathan Lamberton, M. Santoro
  • Published 2013
  • Linguistics and Philosophy
  • We argue that some sign language loci (i.e. positions in signing space that realize discourse referents) are both formal variables and simplified representations of what they denote; in other words, they are simultaneously logical symbols and pictorial representations. We develop a 'formal semantics with iconicity' that accounts for their dual life; the key idea ('formal iconicity') is that some geometric properties of signs must be preserved by the interpretation function. We analyze in these… CONTINUE READING
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