Monthly Archives: December 2015

Testing the model

Begins 2:34pm Katz and Fodor object to a theory of settings that embraces complexity because “it would be required that the theory represents all the knowledge speakers have about the world” (p110).  But Eco points out that it is not … Continue reading

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Making Meaning of Eco

Begins 18:15pm [SS Do you understand what Eco means in the last 110 pages of his Theory of Semiotics?] [OS You mean the first 110 pages of his theory, but the last 110 pages that we have read?] [SS You … Continue reading

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Complex connotations

Begins 9:20am Eco makes it clear that the KF Model is not an adequate theory to resolve the problems of semantics.  His response is a revised model, which “aims to insert into the semantic representation all coded connotations depending on … Continue reading

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Lines of Distinction

Begins 9:35pm [SS AAARRERDGETE. So irritating.  For the last half hour I have been trying to find the copy of the post I was editing.  Instead I find a copy of the last edit with a whopping chunk cut out.  … Continue reading

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Notes, Names and Iconic Signs

Begins 7:05 To continue Eco’s point: Proper names of unknown persons connote but do not denote.  For example, the name /David/ must refer to a man (an imprecise connotation) without knowing whom (no denotation).  There is not much difference between … Continue reading

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Denoting a Connotation

Begins 11:58 GMT As I am beginning to sink into the semiotic depths I notice a lot of Eco’s discussions connote associations with Archer’s theory of the Internal Conversation.  On page 83, and partially discussed in previous post, Eco asks … Continue reading

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“Phd vs Story”

(The ‘Begins’/’Ends’ time signals in these PhD posts refer only to time I sat to actually write the posts, not the reading/thinking/or other text writing time weaved in and out, and around them) Begins 22:17 GMT It’s interesting that the … Continue reading

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Cultural Units and the Signs of Climate Change

Begins 6:35 GMT “Culture continuously translates signs into signs and definitions into other definitions…”  Finally, 200 nations have come to a deal that commits them to combat climate change.  COP21 was accepted after 12 days and three nights of intense … Continue reading

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Interpreting Interpretants

Begins 1:55pm For a time the theory of meaning was side stepped because the form of content was so imprecise that linguistics and semiotics in general concerned itself only with: 1 The universe of objective referents. 2 The universe of … Continue reading

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Finding signs in Cultural Units

Begins 9:15pm GMT SS[ I am butting right in before she can really start talking about Eco and Semiotic-botics.  I am so irritated by being thrown into dealing with the complexity of two opposing contradictory semantic fields of my own: … Continue reading

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