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A Visual Semiotic Analysis of Schoolbooks in the Tuvan Language

Uğur Altundaş

) and Tyva Dyl–2 Klass (“Tuvan Language–Class 2”) (2012)—are considered from the perspective of visual semiotics. The book entitled Üzhüglel was written by A. A. Aldyn-ool, K. B. Mart-ool, and N. Ch. Damba, while Tyva Dyl–2 Klass was written by I

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Multiculturalism as Reflected in the Linguistic and Semiotic Landscape of Arab Museums in Israel

Athar Haj Yahya

Approach This study employs a qualitative methodology suitable for analyzing and interpreting the linguistic and semiotic landscape of the Umm al-Fahm Art Gallery. We apply the case study method in focusing on a single case . This case was purposefully

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Reflecting upon Coriolanus as Being-in-and-for-Mother through the Gaze of Existential Semiotics

Maryamossadat Mousavi and Pyeaam Abbasi

This study explicates, in what follows, how a fresh and deeper understanding of Shakespeare's Roman play Coriolanus (c. 1608) can be acquired by employing the core theoretical concepts of existential semiotics. The article argues that the

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The Tacit Logic of Ritual Embodiments

Rappaport and Polanyi between Thick and Thin

Robert E. Innis

Roy Rappaport’s attempted semiotic schematization of the logic of ritual, relying on analytical tools from C. S. Peirce’s philosophical semiotics, is examined in terms of both its conceptual coherence and its relation to other schematizations of ritual, especially Michael Polanyi’s thematization of a ‘tacit logic’ of meaning-making. The Peircean foregrounding of sign types (icons, indices, symbols) is compared to Polanyi’s delineation of an irreducible from-to structure of consciousness, rooted in the distinction between focal and subsidiary awareness, and to his further distinction between indication and symbolization as ways of relating to and effecting symbolic complexes, such as rituals. One of the startling upshots of this comparison is that the distinctions between ‘thick ritual’ and ‘thin ritual,’ and between art and ritual, become extremely labile. Examples from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Philip Larkin, and Simone Weil illustrate this last point.

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Gresham's Law, Conceptual Semantics, and Semiotics of Authoritarianism

Do “Bad” Concepts Drive Out “Good” Ones?

Kirill Postoutenko

The aim of this article is to explore to what extent the rule of economics commonly known as Gresham's law (“bad money drives out good money”) can be extrapolated to verbal language (“bad concepts drive out good concepts”). Consequently, the goal of this article is twofold. First, for Gresham's law to be applied simultaneously to money and language, its unfortunate (“good”/“bad”) and obscure (“drives out”) wording should be clarified. Second, one should identify the contexts in which the validity of the law could be assessed best, and run a very preliminary test. For this purpose, the circulation of the adjective (“hard”, “strong”, or “stable” in Russian) in the word combination (“hard currency”) in use in the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s was scrutinized.

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On the Material Semiotics of the Bates Stamp

A. Lorraine Kaljund

Ethnographic studies of legal materiality and the bureaucratic mundanities of law often juxtapose their richly empirical approach to the material assemblages of law with the ‘grand talk’ and conceptual abstractions of law. This article considers the intersection of formal legal discourse and the mundanity of bureaucratic practice through an examination of two judicial opinions concerning the legal significance of the Bates number, a sequential digit inscribed onto documents produced in US pretrial discovery. Through this analysis, the article both illustrates the Bates stamp’s role in the material constitution of law, and offers a reminder that the stories law tells about its own materiality can offer insights into, and enact and extend, the sociolegal agency of bureaucratic tools.

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From Prague to Paris: The Beginning of Theater Semiotics and Sartre's Early Esthetic of Theater

Dennis A. Gilbert

At a time when a "return to Sartre" is being heralded in France and elsewhere in preparation for the celebration of the centennial of his birth, it seems appropriate to ponder the nature and tenor of this renewal. To which aspects of Sartre's work are we returning as the centennial approaches, and are we doing so with fresh eyes or with the same critical prejudices that have obscured our appreciation of this work in the past? If one looks for answers to Bernard-Henri Lévy (aka BHL), the principal instigator of this current renewal, with specific regard to the genre that interests us in these pages—the theater—one is going to be sorely disappointed. For while Lévy considers Sartre "the first [writer]—the only [writer]—to know how to split himself equally well between being a theoretician and an accomplished storyteller," he lavishes this praise solely on the theory and practice of Sartre's novels: "The concept of engagement is not a political concept stressing the social duties of the writer; it is a philosophical concept highlighting the metaphysical powers of language. … Sartre … has never really written a novel with a [totalizing] thesis or message" (BHL 85, 86).

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(De)materializing Kinship—Holding Together Mutuality and Difference

Kathryn E. Goldfarb and Caroline E. Schuster

kinship in order to explore two interrelated concepts that are of vital importance to understanding the wider stakes of relatedness today: the politics of value and semiotics. Put another way, we put forward a perspective on materiality rooted in

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Democratic Theory as Social Codification

Christian Ewert and Marion Repetti

correlation is a stable association ( Eco 1976 ) – Rousseau with democracy but find no such correlation when it comes to chemical compositions and democracy? We address this question in this article relying on social semiotics. Our concern is thus not so

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Beyond the Social

Michele Friedner

Block ( Friedner and Block 2017 ), it is important to attend to forms of non-linguistic communication and to consider our own language and semiotic ideologies in relation to diverse communicative repertoires (that may not seem legible to us). How might