I have been concerned with general and visual semiotics, the semiotics of gesture, linguistics, the semiotics of culture and, more recently, evolutionary and developmental semiotics. Semiotics is the study of signification, also outside of language.
Since my return in 1983, I have been instrumental in the introduction of semiotic research into Sweden. For these last few years, the focus of my work has been on the development and evolution of semiotic resources. I was involved in a project, in collaboration with linguistics and cognitive science, the theme of which was the semiotic development of language, gesture, and pictures (SGB). This was followed by an EU-project concerned with Stages in the Evolution and Development of Sign Use (SEDSU), as well a the Centre for cognitive semiotics, initiated in 2009.
I have published numerous articles in such internationally recognized publications of as Semiotica, Degrés, RS/SI, Actes sémiotiques, Zeitschrift für Semiotik, VISIO, Sign System Studies, etc. My book Pictorial concepts (Lund: Lund University Press 1989) has been hailed as a fundamental contribution to the field of visual semiotics. I have also published, in Swedish, the first text book covering the entire field of visual semiotics existing in any language, Bildbetydelser (Lund: Studentlittertur. Moreover, I was advisory editor for visual semiotics of the Encyclopedia of Semiotics, published by Oxford University Press in 1998, for which I wrote many of the entries.
Recent research outputs
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