Franson Davis Manjali

Research Interests

  • Ethics, æsthetics and Linguistics
  • Philosophies of discourse
  • Metaphors in language and cultural discourse
  • Dialogics in language, cognition and literature
  • Dynamical models in semantics and cognitive science
  • Semiotic analysis of narratives.

Education

1987-89: Post-doctoral research at the département de linguistique, Université de Paris-IV, Sorbonne, in association with Professor Bernard Pottier. Also, élève libre under Professor Jean Petitot in the Centre d’analyse et de mathématique sociales, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 1988-89. Research monograph prepared: Nuclear Semantics ¾ Towards a Theory of Relational Meaning (published in 1991).

1986: Ph.D. in Linguistics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Thesis topic: Elements of Spatial and Temporal Relations – A Semantic Study of Malayalam. Supervisor: A. Abbi.

1980: M.A. in Linguistics, at Jawaharlal Nehru University

Fellowship Award

Fellow-in-residence at Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla from May 1998 to October 1999. Research project: A Linguistic and Cognitive Theory of Narrative.

Title of the research monograph prepared: Literature and Infinity. (Published by I.I.A.S., Shimla, 2001.)

Publications

Books authored and edited

Literature and Infinity. Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Study. 2001.

Meaning, Culture and Cognition. New Delhi: Bahri Publications. 2000

Nuclear Semantics — Towards a Theory of Relational Meaning. New Delhi: Bahri Publications. 1991.

(edited). Language, Culture and Cognition. New Delhi: Bahri Publications, 1998. (Also published as a special issue of International Journal of Communication, Vol. 7, 1997.)

(edited). Language and Cognition. New Delhi: Bahri Publications. 1993. (Also published as a special issue of International Journal of Communication, Vol. 2, 1992.)

(edited). Language, Society and Discourse. New Delhi: Bahri Publications. 1992 (Also published as a special issue of the journal Language Forum, Vol. 17, Dec. 1991.)

(Translation) Morphogenesis of Meaning (Translation of the book Morphogenèse du sens by Jean Petitot; Paris: PUF, 1985). (to be published)

Research papers and articles (since 1990)

“Linguistics and Postmodernism,” in International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics Vol. 30, No.1, 2001. (59-68).

Also to appear in the proceedings of the Conference on Fin-de-siècle: Twentieth Century in Retrospect, organised by the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi.

“Infinite Narration” in R.P.Singh (ed.) Reason, Dialectic and Postmodernism. Faridabad: Om Publications, 2001. (143-57)

“Discourse and Subjectivity,” in International Journal of Communication, Vol. 10, 1-2 (2000): 1-11.

“Lacan, Derrida and the Vicissitudes of the ‘Sign’” in International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics Vol. 29, 1 (2000): 125-134;

This paper has also appeared in Semiotics of Language, Literature and Cinema (ed.) H. C. Narang. New Delhi: Books Plus. Pp.118-129.

“Force Dynamics Model of Sentence Meaning,” in Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Vol. 26, No. 1 (2000): 5-20.

Bhasha, Shakti, evam Bahulata” has appeared in D.S. Naveen and S.K. Misra (ed.) Uttharadhunikata: Kucch Vicar. New Delhi: Vani Prakashan. 2000. (22-28) (Hindi version of the paper “Language, Power and Plurality,” listed below).

“Dialogics or, the Dynamics of Intersubjectivity,” in International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics Vol. 28, 2 (1999): 127-134. This paper has also appeared in the web journal Texto!

“Proppian Folkoristics: From Morphology to Morphogenesis,” in J. Handoo and R. Kvideland (eds.) Folklore: New Perspectives. Mysore: Zooni Publications. 1999. (263-76)

“Writing, Infinity and Dialogicality,” in Summerhill IIAS Review, Shimla, June 1999.

“Bhartrhari,” and “Catastrophe Theory” articles in P. Bouissac (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Semiotics. New York: Oxford University Press. 1998 (pages 75-77 and 110-112 respectively)

“Metaphors in Grammar,” in: International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics, vol. 27‑2, 26‑40, (1998); this paper has also appeared in International Journal of Communication Vol. VII, 1‑2: 223‑245 (1997).

“Culture and Semantics,” in Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences Vol. V (Summer 1998), 49‑55. Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Study. Also appeared:
a. on the Web journal, Texto!, July 1998;
b. as “Introduction” in Manjali, Language, Culture and Cognition.

“Force Dynamics, Case structures, and Prototypicality,” in International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics, vol. 27, 1: 83-100 (1998). This paper has also appeared in Language Forum Vol. XXIII, No. 1-2: 123-145 (1997).

“On the Spatial Basis of Conceptual Metaphors.” This paper has appeared:
a. on the Web Journal Texto!, December, 1996.
b. In International Journal of Communication Vol. VII, 1‑2: 157‑167 (1997).

“Sentence Meaning as Dynamic Gestalts: Semantic Archetypes and Karaka Theory,” in International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics Vol. 26, 1: 71‑88 (1997).

This paper has also appeared in Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol 3, 1: 71-78, January, 1996. Shimla: Indian Institute of Advanced Study.

“On the Ontological and Cognitive bases of the Karaka Theory,” in International Journal of Communication, Vol. 5, Special Issue on Indian Theories of Language and Knowledge, 1995 (195-206).

“Perspectives in the Semiotics of Objects,” in Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Vol. 21, 1, Jan.-June, 1995: 45-55.

“Language, Power and Plurality ¾ A Note on Deleuze and Bakhtin,” in Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Vol. 21, 2: 91-96, 1995.

“Dynamic Semiotics or the Case for Actantial Case,” in Semiotiques (Paris) Vol. 5-6, 1994 (85-97).

“Computer, Brain and Grammatical Theory,” in International Journal of Communication, Vol. 4: 56-67, 1994.

“On Difference(s),” in V. Maurya (ed.) Postmodernism – A Discussion. New Delhi: Kalinga, 1994 (118-129). Also, in Language, Society and Discourse (ed.) F. D. Manjali. New Delhi: Bahri Publications. 1992 (115-125).

“Spatial and Topologico-dynamic Conceptions of the Grammatical Case,” in International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics, Vol. 21-1, Jan. 1992. (Pp.68 – 85). Also in H.S. Gill (ed.), Structures of Signification, Vol. III. New Delhi: Wiley Eastern, 1993.

“Ontology and Meaning: Some Considerations on the Category of Case,” in Aligarh Papers in Linguistics (mimeographed) Jan. 1992. (1-25); also in, F.D. Manjali (ed.) Language and Cognition, New Delhi: Bahri Publications. 1993.

“Linguistics and Narratology: Structuralist Perspectives,” in Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Vol. 19-1, 1993. (97-110)

“The Transcendental Schema and Language,” in International Journal of Communication, Vol. 1, No. 2, 1991. (54-65)

“What is ‘Cartesian’ in Linguistics?” in International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics, Vol. 19, Jan. 1990. (63-79)

“Time and Modality in Discourse Semantics,” in Indian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Vol.16, No.2, 1990. (4-25)

“Structuralism and Topology,” in Language Forum Vol. 16, 1990. (25-32)

Newspaper articles

“Reading Undecidabilities,” Review of Thomas Keenan’s Fables of Responsibility – Aberrations and Predicaments in Ethics and Politics, Stanford University Press (Series: Crossing Aesthetics), in Summerhill IIAS Review, Vol. 4, No. 2, November, 1998.

“Beyond the Confusion of Tongues,” review of Umberto Eco’s The Search for the Perfect Language (1995) in Summerhill IIAS Review, Vol. 3, No. 1, Feb. 1997.

Review of Sémantique Génèrale by Bernard Pottier (1993), in International Journal of Dravidian Linguistics, Vol. 25‑1, Jan. 1996.

Translations

“Between Story and Truth,” translation from the French of Jean-Luc Nancy’s article. In, The Little Magazine. July-August, 2001 (5-7).

“Modelisation: Formalization or Mathematization? The Appeal of a Morphodynamic Approach to Language,” translation from the French, of Jean Petitot’s paper. In, Journal of School of Languages: Structures of Signification, Vol. 3, 1993. (700-710)

“Concepts, Noemes and Universals,” translation the French of Bernard Pottier’s paper. In F.D. Manjali (ed.) 1993. Language and Cognition.

“Problems of Cognitive Semantics,” translation from the French, of article by François Rastier, in F. D. Manjali (ed.) 1993. Language and Cognition.

“Imaginary, Real, Symbolic,” translation from the French, of Catherine Clément’s article, in F. D. Manjali (ed.) Language, Society and Discourse. (1992) 44-54.

“Why Connectionism is Such a Good Thing,” Translation from the French, of Jean Petitot’s paper, in PHILOSOPHICA 47 (1991, 1). (49-79)

Visiting Fellowship

Visiting Professor at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Maison des Sciences de l’Homme), Paris, June-July 2000.
Main project: Philosophies of Discourse: Dialogics and ethics in the works of Levinas, Blanchot, Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy.

Visiting Professor at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Maison des Sciences de l’Homme), Paris, May-July, 1997.
Main Project: Physical Dynamics and Cultural Models in Language and Cognition.

Visiting Scholar at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, under the Indo-French Academic Exchange Programme between University Grants Commission and Maison des Sciences de l’Homme. May-July, 1995.
Main Project: Knowledge of Language – the Composite View Emerging from Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience and Philosophy, and the Computer Representation of Linguistic Knowledge.

Associate of the Inter-University Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. Main Projects:
May-June, 1994: A Comparison of Bhartrhari’s Karaka Theory and René Thom’s Archetypal Morphologies from the perspective of Topologico-Dynamic Semantics.
October, 1996: A Linguistic and Cognitive Theory of Narrative.

Visiting Scholar at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris, under the Indo-French Academic Exchange Programme between Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi, and Maison des Sciences de l’Homme. May-July, 1992.
Main Project: Translation of Jean Petitot’s Morphogenèse du sens.

Member of the faculty of the Cyber Semiotics Institute on World Wide Web (WWW) with sites in Toronto, Vienna and U.K.

Course Offered During 1997-98

Dynamical Models in Semiotics / Semantics.
Titles of Lectures:
1. From Discrete Signs to Dynamic Semantic Continuum
2. Catastrophe Theoretic Semantics: Towards a Physics of Meaning
3. Karaka Theory of the Indian Grammarians
4. Force Dynamics in Language and Cognition
5. Dynamics in Narrative Structures
6. Metaphors in Grammar
7. Body, Space, and Metaphorical-Cultural Worlds.
8. Dialogics, or the Dynamics of Intersubjectivity

Invited Talks

“Philosophy, Literature and the Discourse of Purity,” talk in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. 22nd March 2001.

“Metaphors in Grammar,” talk at the Centre for Semiotic Research, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark, 6th June 1997.

“Metaphor and Cognition,” talk in the Department of Philosophy, Jadavpur University, Calcutta. January, 1997.

Talk at the Centre for Semiotic Research, University of Aarhus, Denmark on July 6, 1995. Topic: Dynamical Models in Semantics.

“Cartesianism and Contemporary Linguistics,” talk addressed to the Group of Philosophy, School of Languages, J.N.U., March, 1994.

“Perspectives in the Semiotics of Objects,” talk at a Seminar on Design at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. October, 1993.

Talks at the Department of Computer Sciences and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, November, 1992.
Topics: a. “Nuclear Semantics.”
b. “Topologico-dynamic Conceptions of the Category of Case.”

Talk at the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University, November, 1991.
Topic: Language and Cognition.

Summer Institute

Participated in the First International Summer Institute in Cognitive Science organized by the Centre for Cognitive Science at the State University of New York, Buffalo, from July 5 to 30, 1994.

Conference Papers

abroad

“Sticky Spaces, or the Inexorable Spatiality of Conceptual Metaphors,” invited paper presented at the International Conference on Culture and Space organized by the University of Laval at Quebec city, Canada, October 20-21, 2001.

“Metaphors in Grammar: Auxiliary Verbs as Metaphors,” paper presented at the International Conference on Researching and Applying Metaphors organized by the Danish Network on Metaphor, Culture and Cognition, in Copenhagen, Denmark, May, 1997.

“On the Spatial basis of Conceptual Metaphors,” paper presented at the International Seminar on Narrative and Metaphor across the Disciplines, University of Auckland, Auckland, July 1996.

“Sentence Meaning as Dynamic Gestalts: Semantic Archetypes and the Karaka Theory,” paper presented at the workshop on Language and Space at the First International Summer Institute in Cognitive Science, held at State University of New York, Buffalo, U.S., July, 1994.

Participated in Colloque de Cerisy on L’Actualité de Leibniz at Chateau de Cerisy, Cerisy-la-Salle, Lower Normandy, France. June, 1995

Within India (since 1995)

“Metaphor and Space,” paper presented at the Seminar on Signification in Buddhist and French Traditions, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. September, 2001.

“Writing, Impersonality and Community,” paper presented at the Seminar on Theories and Methods: Disciplinary Practices and Intellectual Genealogies, Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi, 27th March 2001.

“Philosophy, Literature and the Discourse of ‘Purity,’” paper presented at the Seminar on Literature and Anthropology, Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi, 8th March 2001.

“Infinite Narration,” paper presented at the seminar on Reason, Dialectics, and Postmodernism organized by Group of Philosophy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, March 2000.

“Discourse and Subjectivity,” paper presented at the seminar on Discourse: Aspects, Issues and Themes at the Department of Linguistics, University of Delhi, Delhi, March 2000.

“Vicissitudes of Linguistic Studies in the 20th Century,” paper presented at the Seminar on Fin-de-siècle: Twentieth Century in Retrospect at the Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi, February 2000.

“Literature and Infinity,” paper presented at the Seminar on Theories of Signification, at the School of Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, November 1999.

“Lacan, Derrida, and the Vicissitudes of the ‘Sign’,” paper presented at the Fellows’ seminar, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, June 1999.

Comment on a paper by Daniel Andler in the Seminar on Norms, Reliability and Knowledge, at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, May 1998.

“Metaphor and Cognition,” and “Dynamical Models in Semantics” ¾ talks at the Workshop on Knowledge Representation Systems organized by the Cognitive Science Programme of the Philosophy Department, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, January, 1997.

“Force Dynamics, Case Structures, and Prototypicality,” paper presented at the International Seminar on Theories of Signification in India and Europe, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, February, 1996.

“Proppian Folkloristics: From Morphology to Morphogenesis,” invited paper in the section on Linguistics and Folk Narrative at XI Congress of the International Society for Folk Narrative Research, Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore. January, 1995.