Cognitive semiotics: an emerging field for the transdisciplinary study of meaning

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The article provides an overview of ongoing research and key characteristics of Cognitive Semiotics, an emerging field dedicated to the transdiciplinary study of meaning, involving above all researchers from semiotics, linguistics, developmental and comparative psychology and philosophy. The combination of the following features distinguishes it from other synthetic approaches: (a) integration of theoretical and empirical research; (b) ontological pluralism and methodological triangulation; (c) influence of phenomenology; (d) focus on dynamism and (e) the ambition of true transdisciplinarity. The ultimate goal of Cognitive Semiotics is to provide new insights into the nature and culture of human beings, as well as other meaning-making creatures.


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  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • meaning, cognition, evolution, development, embodiment, consciousness, phenomenology, pluralism
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-24
JournalThe Public Journal of Semiotics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch

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