Monthly Archives: March 2016

Large Scale Stylizations

Begins 12:05pm There are also ‘large-scale stylizations’ which Eco lists on page 239 of A Theory of Semiotics.  The listed ten range from literary and musical genres to kitsch art.  A symphony, for example, once experienced as a complex text … Continue reading

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Kings or Queens

Begins 4:30pm Eco returns again to the problem of replicas in pages 238-241.  There are three ‘things’ that can be replicated he states: Features of Verbal Language, Features of Stylizations, and Features of Vectors. Features of verbal language and their … Continue reading

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Iconic Reproductions

Begins 3pm [SS Started on the dot of 3.] [OS An old oval shaped clock encased in a rectangular metal frame does not provide an accurate time frame.  The best we can do is say we are starting this post … Continue reading

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Easter Bunnies – Super-Signs

Begins 11:50 am [OS Working off line over the Easter holidays.  Over 60 million Easter Eggs sold in Ireland!  That is phenomenal for a population of 4.5 million.  The Easter Bunny is growing more materialistic every year.  The symbols, signs … Continue reading

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Alternative Articulations

[SS Written in a rush.  Have to get into a car and drive for four hours.  To Do list growing and my ability to keep up dwindling.  Writing to keep my threads sewn.] Begins 11:15 am Eco lists six possible … Continue reading

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Fictive Samples

Begins: 11:55pm In Table 39, which he calls Typology of Modes of Sign Production, Eco lists another type of sample that fall jointly under the headings Ostension and Replica.  He calls them ‘fictive samples’, which Ekman and Friesen (1969) call … Continue reading

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A personal example of Ostension

Begins 3:17pm [SS My stomach is grumbling that’s why I butt in first, eventhough there is a queue of things/thoughts to be said.  There is an anxiety mulling about in my gut.  I think there’s a growing feeling of urgency … Continue reading

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Clues about Imprints

Begins: 10:30am Imprints are motivated by previous experiences and are, like any recognition procedure, conventionally coded.  They are not arbitrarily established. “In the recognition of symptoms, the expression is ready-made.”  The referent is not required.  Symptoms can be falsified.  Eco … Continue reading

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Sign lookalikes

Begins 5:22pm [OS Now that Eco has pointed them out, I have become aware of just how often the term Icon is used.  When visiting Newbridge Silverware, there were posters talking about ‘Style Icons’.  A book I am reading by … Continue reading

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The Fallacy of Signs

Begins 3:55 pm There is a fallacy in attempting a typology of signs.   What can be achieved and isolated, according to Eco, are “modes of sign production”. (p 217)  But even classifying modes of production produce challenges and problems in … Continue reading

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