Centrum för kognitiv semiotik (CCS)

Humanistiska och teologiska fakulteterna | Lunds universitet



Next seminar

  • 10/10. Elena Faur (Romanian Academy, “Sextil Puscariu” Institute of Linguistics and Literary History, Cluj-Napoca). Metaphor in Motivation and Sedimentation Model (MSM) and in Coseriu's Integral Linguistics


Autumn Term Seminars 2019


September 2019

  • 5/9.  Juan Carlos Mendoza-Collazos (Cognitive semiotics, Lund): "Material agency" and "derived intentionality" 

  • 12/9. David Dunér (History of ideas, Lund): Mind in Universe: On the Origin, Evolution, and Distribution of Intelligent Life in Space.
    • Abstract: The presentation discusses the question of mind in space and the ground for an emerging research field, astrocognition, studying the origin, evolution, and distribution of intelligence in Universe. Three cognitive functions are particularly prominent in the history of astrobiology: perception, conceptualization, and analogy. The bio-cultural coevolution of cognition explains the emergence of advanced cognitive skills. An indispensable requisite for the evolution of intelligence, sociability, communication, and advanced technology is intersubjectivity. An intelligent being that has developed advanced technology, would likely have a complex social system, complex communication, and a high degree of distributed cognition. Cognitive semiotics is a key to understand the semiosis involved in astrobiology and astrocognition, such as biosignatures and interstellar communication.
    • Download paper from Calendar of Cognitive Semiotics

  • 19/9, 13-15-14.00 (Please note time). Przemyslaw Zywiczynski, (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torún, Poland). Pantomimic communication: Universal or culture-specific?
    • Abstract: A number of prominent language evolution researchers suggest that the emergence of language could have been preceded by a stage of pantomimic communication (e.g. Arbib 2012, Tomasello 2008). The assessment of pantomimic hypotheses largely depends on a multifaceted investigation of pantomime as a unique semiotic system, since despite its non-linguistic character, it allows for communicating a wide spectrum of meanings (Zlatev et al. 2017). The proponents of pantomimic conceptions agree that a key characteristic of pantomime that makes it a viable candidate for a precursor of languages is its non-conventional character (Żywiczyński 2018). I investigate whether the postulate of the non-conventionality of pantomime should lead to the assumption of its freedom from group-specificity – I summon lines of evidence present in gestural literature (e.g. Poggi & Zomparelli 1987; Kendon, 2004; Kita 2009; McNeill 2012), on language evolution, as well as present the results of a cross-cultural (Polish-Italian) study on understanding pantomimically communicated events.

  • 26/9. No seminar

October 2019

  • 3/10. Thomas Belligh (University of Ghent). Description, explanation, and objects of study in the language sciences.
    • Abstract: In this talk I aim to provide an overview of the various possible objects of study that can be targeted in the language sciences and to provide an account of how these objects of study relate to the concepts of description and explanation. After providing a short overview of the various possible ways of doing describing and explaining in the natural and human sciences, I turn to the specific situation of the language sciences and discuss how the interplay between kinds of data, ways of description and ways of explanation can lead to the creation of quite diverse objects of study. Building on these insights I present a pluralistic yet critical view on the epistemology of linguistics and apply this view by critically assessing the epistemological foundations of Cognitive Linguistics.

  • 10/10. Elena Faur (Romanian Academy, “Sextil Puscariu” Institute of Linguistics and Literary History, Cluj-Napoca). Metaphor in Motivation and Sedimentation Model (MSM) and in Coseriu's Integral Linguistics
    • The Motivation and Sedimentation Model (MSM) has been developed over the past years within the cognitive-semiotic framework. While partially influenced by Coseriu’s matrix, MSM departs from its original roots as its scope is more ambitious than the Coserian one: to account for all semiotic systems as well, and not only for language. As a result, there are naturally similarities, but also differences between the MSM and Coseriu’s theory, as expressed by his famous “matrix” of three levels and three perspectives. In my presentation I will take some metaphor examples, first discussed from the perspective of MSM, and explore the similarities and differences that emerge when interpreting them in the perspective of Coseriu’s Integral Linguistics.

  • 17/10. Aaron Stutz (Emery University and Bohusläns museum): New Paleoneurological Perspectives on the Biocultural Evolution of the Extended Mind.
    • We will discuss exciting findings from the new field of paleoneurology, and their implications for human cognitive semiotic evolution.
    • Download paper from Calendar of Cognitive Semiotics
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  • 31/10. (Note changed room: H135a). Patrizia Violi, University of Bologna: How things shape memory: The case of monuments and counter-monuments
    • Abstract: My presentation will suggest some possible ways to connect cognitive and cultural semiotics investigating the role that material artefacts can play in the process of constructing cultural memory. In particular I will analyse the semiotic strategies of monumentalisation and counter-monumentalisation.



November 2019

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  • 21/11 Ole Nedergaard Thomsen (Copenhagen Business School):Towards an integral cybersemiotic discourse pragmatics


  • 28/11 Piotr Konderak, UMCS Lublin: Mapping multisensorial perceptions onto polysemiotic responses - dynamic, enactive and cognitivist perspectives
    • A talk inspired by W. Allen’s film "Manhattan” (1979), in particular the first scene, where a narrator attempts to describe New York. Subsequent descriptions are accompanied by black-and-white images of NY/Manhattan and Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue"...


December 2019

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  • 19/12 ?

Centre for Cognitive Semiotics Thursday seminar, 29 March 2012.

Seminars are held 13:15-15:00 every Thursday at SOL:H428b, unless otherwise indicated.

Please note that, after an experiment a year ago with moving the seminar to Fridays, we have now returned to having it on Thursdays.