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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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The Visual Construction of the Myth of the Albanian National Leader

Denis Vuka

Albania’s socialist regime—the last socialist government in Europe—ensued in 1992. Methods I apply a social semiotic analysis of visual communication drawn from the work of Gunther Kress and Theo van Leeuwen. 13 By offering a “grammar of visual design

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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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‘Coming To Look Alike’

Materializing Affinity in Japanese Foster and Adoptive Care

Kathryn E. Goldfarb

and fostering are not easily recognized as kinship. I suggest that material resemblance is taken up as a pragmatic semiotics ( Silverstein 1993 ; Stasch 2009) through which people self-reflexively interpret the signs that count as relatedness

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Death of a Statesman – Birth of a Martyr

Martyrdom and Memorials in Post–Civil War Lebanon

Are John Knudsen

extended: the public demand for the truth about his murder came to be interpreted as seeking the truth, not only for Hariri but for ‘all the bloody incidents of the past’ ( Haugbolle 2006: 68 ). Thus, in a semiotic sense, seeking the ‘truth’ behind Hariri

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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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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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Communities Reimagining Sharedness in Belief and Practice

Sarah Hillewaert and Chantal Tetreault

, semiotic, and embodied practices as signs of belonging, however, has also revealed that individuals can strategically mobilize manners of speaking and acting (e.g., use particular vocabularies, discourses, or bodily practices) to perform or claim belonging

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The New Spanish Memory Comics

The Example of Cuerda de presas

Anne Magnussen

Since the end of the 1990s, more and more Spanish comics have focused on the recent Spanish past, including the memory of the Civil War (1936–1939) and the succeeding dictatorship. This article offers an analysis of a particular comics volume, Cuerda de presas (2005) by Jorge García and Fidel Martínez, and discusses the way in which it interprets the role of the past in Spanish society thirty years after the political transition to democracy. I argue that Cuerda de presas participates in the questioning of the dominant memory about the past. It does this by undermining narrative coherence and by pointing to the plural and unstable characteristics of memories. Charles Peirce's semiotics constitutes the framework for the analysis, according to which there is a dynamic relationship between Cuerda de presas and Spanish society.