by Per Aage Brandt

Twelve Lessons on Meaning, Thinking, and Laughing

Course Outline

  1. On meaning – a semiotic ontology
  2. From Linguistics to Semiotics. Or: Hjelmslev’s Fortunate Error
  3. Walls and Windows – Or How Space (may have) Shaped Semiosis 
  4. Sex, Art, and Semiosis. A brief note 
  5. Literal and Figurative Meaning 
  6. International Laughter — The logic of Stereotypes 
  7. Weather Reports: Discourse and Musical Cognition 
  8. Four faces of architechtural thinking. A brief note 
  9. Attention and Intention 
  10. Thinking and Language.​ ​A view from cognitive semio-linguistics 
  11. On The origin and ontology of money. A brief note 
  12. What is a global citizen? A view from cognitive semiotics 

Per Aage Brandt | Biography

Per Aage Brandt, b. 1944 in Buenos Aires. Ph.D. from the Univ. of Copenhagen 1971, Thèse d’Etat in Semio-Linguistics from the Sorbonne, Paris, 1987: La Charpente modale du sens (publ. 1992). Founder of The Center for Dynamic Semiotics, Univ. of Aarhus (1993). Research Fellow at CASBS, Stanford, CA (2001-2002). Professor of Cognitive Science and Language & Literature at Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH (2005 – 2011).  Adj. Professor at CWRU (2011 – present). Grand Prix de Philosophie de l’Académie Française 2002. Founder of the journal Cognitive Semiotics (2007 – ). Spaces, Domains, and meaning, 2004. Morphologies of Meaning, 1995. Dynamique du sens, 1994. Works in linguistics, semiotics, poetics, cognitive semantics, aesthetics, and philosophy.