Meaning, Mind, and Language: Lectures in Cognitive Semiotics

Introduction

The general theme of the lectures is the emerging field of cognitive semiotics (CS), which combines methods and theories from cognitive science, semiotics and linguistics in investigations of the multifaceted concept of meaning. A general ambition of CS is to address long-lasting problems related to “mind and body”, “nature and culture”, “individual and society” and thus to contribute to mending the gap between natural science and the humanities, without attempting to reduce one to the other.

Course Outline

  • Lecture 1: What is Cognitive Semiotics ?
  • Lecture 2: The ladder of meaning: life, Consciousness, Culture, Signs and language
  • Lecture 3: The evolution of human sociality
  • Lecture 4: The evolution of language: From bodily mimesis to grammar

The following four lectures are based on a course given in October 2013 at the University of  Roma Tree (Italy).

  • Lecture 5: Bodily mimesis in ontogenetic development
  • Lecture 6: Mimetic schemas and children`s gestures
  • Lecture 7: Non – actual motion in experience and language
  • Lecture 8: Sound symbolism and cross – modal iconicity in language

Contact

Professor Zlatev may be reached at jordan.zlatev@ling.lu.se


  1. Lecture 1: What is Cognitive Semiotics ? (PDF)

  2. Lecture 2: The ladder of meaning (PDF)

  3. Lecture 3: The evolution of human sociality (PDF)

  4. Lecture 4: The evolution of language: From bodily mimesis to grammar (PDF)

  5. Bodily mimesis in ontogenetic development (PDF)

  6. Mimetic schemas and children`s gestures (PDF)

  7. Non – actual motion in experience and language (PDF)

  8. Sound symbolism and cross – modal iconicity in language (PDF)

Jordan Zlatev's Bio

I am interested in the relation between language, thought/consciousness and other semiotic resources or systems like gestures and pictures, in particilar in an evolutionary and developmental perspective. I have served as president for Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition (SALC) and am currently president for International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS). I am also on the board of International Cognitive Linguistics Association (ICLA). For more information see: http://www.sol.lu.se/en/person/JordanZlatev