A cognitive semiotics approach to the analysis of street art: The case of Athens

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This paper is part of my ongoing doctoral research centered on “Street Art and Cognitive Semiotics: The case of Athens” at the division of Cognitive Semiotics at Lund University. More concretely, in this article, a fresh approach, based on a constructive (verbo-) pictorial argument, is taken to attending the relationship between a cognitive semiotics approach and street art signs in a programmatic way. This study is based on fieldwork research that was carried out during several periods in central Athens between 2014 and 2017, including photo documentation and semi-structured ethnographic interviews with street artists. In the following, my intention is first to outline a cognitive semiotic conceptual toolbox for street art understanding furnished mainly by Sonesson (2008, 2013, 2014). Second, three concrete examples indicative of these attempts are examined and analyzed semiotically.


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  • General Language Studies and Linguistics
  • Visual Arts


  • Street art, Cognitive Semiotics, Graffiti, visual rhetoric, visual analysis, Athens crisis, rhetorical figures, semiotics, figuration
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCross-Inter-Multi-Trans
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 13th World Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS/AIS)
EditorsDario Martinelli
Place of PublicationKaunas
PublisherIASS Publications & International Semiotics Institute 2018
ISBN (Electronic)978-609-02-1554-8
ISBN (Print)2414-6862
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch
Event13th IASS-AIS conference: Cross-Inter-Multi-Trans - International Semiotics Institute, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania
Duration: 2017 Jun 262017 Jun 30
Conference number: 13

Publication series

NameProceedings of the World Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS/AIS)
ISSN (Electronic)2414-6862


Conference13th IASS-AIS conference
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