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The materiality of discourses and the semiotics of materials: A social perspective on the meaning potentials of written texts and furniture
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
Södertörns högskola.
2011 (English)In: Semiotica, ISSN 0037-1998, Vol. 187, no 1-4, 141-165 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on two studies of different meaning-making phenomena, post-it notes and furniture, this paper highlights the role of materiality in everyday semiosis. A perspective on the semiotics of material artifacts is adopted, in which the “social” in combination with the specific affordances of materials are crucial for meaning-making. Partially in opposition to a Saussurean view of the semiotic sign, it is argued that materiality in itself contributes to meaning-making, through discourses and activity types. This paper contributes to the theoretical and the methodological dialogue between social semiotics and other approaches in the wider field of semiotic research.

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2011. Vol. 187, no 1-4, 141-165 p.
Keyword [en]
semiotic resource, social semiotics, discourse, materiality, postit notes, furniture
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Specific Languages
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Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-62937DOI: 10.1515/semi.2011.068ISI: 000297417200006OAI: diva2:445862
Available from: 2011-10-05 Created: 2011-10-05 Last updated: 2012-03-01Bibliographically approved

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