Semiotics is the study of signs and meaning.
At the Center for Semiotics, Aarhus University, this involves a broad range of disciplines –
including aspects of linguistics, philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, sociology, religion, literature, the arts, the sciences and logic.
How do jokes work? An analytical approach to stand-up comedy by Torben Sangild.
"Never explain a joke, some people say. But if you have already laughed at it, there is not much to ruin. So I will explain some types of jokes, their inner logic, their rhetoric and timing as well as different kind of stand-up comedy. Examples from British and American stand-up will be played and laughed at before I ruin them."
The event will take place on Wednesday 27th of April, 4-6 pm., Building 1485, room 642, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 2, Nobelparken.
Contested Property Claims
Research seminar with Mikkel Thorup
Abstract: The talk will present an ongoing research project on struggles over the control of urban spaces. We look at property as a dynamic process shaped and challenged by the practices and arguments through which social actors communicate, defend, and critique property claims. And our special focus is on what happens when actors to a conflict have equal yet conflicting claims communicated through law, morality, politics, common use or other property languages.
On Wednesday, the Research Seminar will be featuring no less than professor Frederik Stjernfelt! Stjernfelt, the former director of Center for Semiotics, is an internationally renowned figure in the world of semiotics, and in this talk he will discuss a core semiotic topic: the generality of signs (abstract below).
Abstract: The Generality of Signs
For some odd reason, the generality of most signs is an overlooked secret. This paper discusses issues such as:
- Which signs are general?
- The generality of predicates
- The general structure of propositions
- The connection between general signs and realism
- The strange ontology of nominalism
The seminar will, as usual, conclude with a general discussion with the audience. We hope to see you all for a cosy and intellectually stimulating afternoon on Wednesday, October 7th at 4pm!
with Dr. Catherine Emmott
(University of Glasgow, Scotland)
11th May – 13th May 2015
Download Per Aage Brandt’s book Spaces, Domains, and Meaning - Essays in Cognitive Semiotics (2004). The book is sold out from the publisher and is free for download.
Contains the essays: Three Imagistic Operators: Metaphor, Catachresis, Simile - Language, Domains, and Blending - The Architecture of Semantic Domains - On Causation and Narration - The Semantics of Diagrams - Mental Space Networks and Linguistic Integration - Semio-linguistic and Stemmatic Syntax - Poetry, Cognitive Semiotics, and Baudelaire's Cats - Metaphors in Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 - Reflections in the Mental Brain - The Mystery of Interpretation - Music and the Private Dancer - Art, Technique, and Cognition - From Gesture to Theatricality - What's New? - 50.000 Years of Modernism.
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