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1. Sign Systems Studies: Volume > 42 > Issue: 4
The Editors 50 years of Sign Systems Studies
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2. Sign Systems Studies: Volume > 42 > Issue: 4
Alexandros Ph. Lagopoulos, Karin Boklund-Lagopoulou Semiotics, culture and space
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Space, in the environmental sense, holds a rather marginal position in semiotics. We shall try, however, to show in this paper that its importance is greaterthan thought previously, not only because it may establish one of the main sub-fields of semiotic research, but also because it has repercussions on other semiotic systems and even semiotic theory as such. We start by reviewing the main positions of the Theses of the Tartu-Moscow School and compare them to Lotman’s concept of the semiosphere. We conclude that a sociologically sound framework for culture is missing and try to demonstrate that culture is not the only factor composing a society, but there also exists a concept of a material, extra-semiotic society. This framework is systematically developed in relation to geographical space in our second section.We examine the place of space in semiotics according to two different axes of analysis. The first axis, discussed in our third section, corresponds to the semioticsof (geographical) space. We approach this field from two different perspectives. The first perspective is the direct study of urban space as a text, that is, it is focused on space-as-text. Three case studies are discussed, all drawn from pre-capitalist societies: the semiotic urban model in ancient Greece, the Ethiopian military camp and the spatial organization of the traditional Libyan oases. To the second perspective corresponds the semiotic study of the geographical spaces constructed by literary texts, that is, space-in-text. Here, we discuss two case studies: the ideal Platonic city and the medieval Arthurian courtly romances. These analyses are followed by an overview of the semiotics of space in pre-capitalist societies, to which we compare Lotman’s views.The second axis, discussed in our fourth section, concerns the importance of space for semiotic theory. We show that space can serve as a tool for the analysis oftexts from other semiotic systems and focus on the use of space by diff erent spatial metalanguages.
3. Sign Systems Studies: Volume > 42 > Issue: 4
Anton Markoš Biosphere as semiosphere: Variations on Lotman
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The analogy between semiosphere (world of cultures) and biosphere (world of life), coined by J. Lotman, is a courageous attempt to interconnect two seemingly incompatible worlds. In congruence with his view, I would like to convince the reader that the only possible general definition of life is “a system born, endowed with semiosis, with history”. Such a view requires considering biosphere and semiosphere as coextensive, which requires merging the cultural, scientific, historical, and linguistic approaches into a coherent whole.
4. Sign Systems Studies: Volume > 42 > Issue: 4
Anton Markoš Биосфера как семиосфера: вариации на тему Лотмана
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5. Sign Systems Studies: Volume > 42 > Issue: 4
Anton Markoš Biosfäär kui semiosfäär. Variatsioone Lotmani teemadel
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Charikleia Yoka, Evangelos Kourdis Cultural semiotics, translatability, and informational loss in visual texts of the biotech industry
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The paper examines a specific advertising campaign of a biotech company characteristic of the whole biotech industry and discusses how the evocation ofuniversal values, such as the protection and correct management of the planet’s resources, the struggle against poverty and against the shortage of raw materials, the support of farmers and their families, distorts information about nature, global agriculture and the biotech industry’s products. This distortion is a necessary and vital part of this industry’s existence. The rhetorical techniques of conscious informational repression and distortion, which are often discussed only in terms of informational loss, are expressly evident and even taken to their extremes in the case of biotechnology. Yet on the other hand they are characteristic of a translation process that takes place in the rhetoric of advertisement in general, as is evident in the use of Goran Sonesson’s translation model which we suggest is appropriate for the definition and study of advertising codes.
7. Sign Systems Studies: Volume > 42 > Issue: 4
Charikleia Yoka, Evangelos Kourdis Семиотика культуры, переводимость и инфопотери в визуальных текстах биотехнологического производства
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8. Sign Systems Studies: Volume > 42 > Issue: 4
Charikleia Yoka, Evangelos Kourdis Kultuurisemiootika, tõlgitavus ja informatsioonikadu biotehnoloogiatööstuse visuaalsetes tekstides
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9. Sign Systems Studies: Volume > 42 > Issue: 4
Lei Han Juri Lotman’s autocommunication model and Roland Barthes’s representations of Self and Other
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This paper discusses Juri Lotman’s concept of autocommunication and explores its applicability by referring to Roland Barthes’s representations of Self andOther. The texts to be discussed include Barthes’s writings on Japan and China, an excerpt from his rewriting of Balzac’s “Sarrasine” in S/Z, and his autobiography and Rousseau’s Confessions. The paper contrasts two cultural communication cases in terms of analysing two kinds of a-semantic codes: (1) the positive a-semantic code of Japan, and (2) the negative a-semantic code of China. With reference to “Sarrasine” and S/Z, the paper discusses two specific codes, cultural memory and imagination, which lead to the addressee’s reformulations. Finally, the paper examines how different modes of autocommunication are put into practice in Barthes’s autobiographical and Rousseau’s confessional writings.
10. Sign Systems Studies: Volume > 42 > Issue: 4
Lei Han Модель автокоммуникации Юрия Лотмана и репрезентации Себя и Другого у Ролана Барта
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Lei Han Juri Lotmani autokommunikatsiooni mudel ning Ise ja Teise representatsioonid Roland Barthes’il
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Kalevi Kull, Ekaterina Velmezova What is the main challenge for contemporary semiotics?
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13. Sign Systems Studies: Volume > 42 > Issue: 4
Kalevi Kull, Remo Gramigna Juri Lotman in English: Updates to bibliography
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