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Linguïculture: Thomas A. Sebeok as a revolutionary ethnographer

Dinda L. Gorlée

Dinda L. Gorlée (b. 1943) is a semiotician of Peirce, Jakobson, and Wittgenstein and a multilingual translation theoretician. Gorlée works as a general linguist at The Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen. She was inaugural President of the Nordic Association of Semiotics (NASS) and is today a member of the Collegium of the International Association of Semiotics (IASS). Recent publications include Wittgenstein’s secret diaries: Semiotic writing in cryptology (2020) and “Parasite or parasite: The semiotic stories of translation” (2019).

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Abstract

Sebeok started his career as an ethnographer, focusing on the verbal art of anthropology to describe the cultures associated with then-called “primitive” languages. He followed Bloomfield’s linguistics to study Boas’ anthropology of primitive art to investigate man as a civilized member of a native indigenous community with art-like speech habits. Sebeok’s earliest articles were ethnographic descriptions of non-Western folktales from the Cheremis people, which he reformulated into Saussure’s phonetic system to involve literal but culturally free translations. Later, Sebeok developed Peirce’s ethnosemiotics by explaining Sapir-Whorf’s two-way differentiation of linguistic-and-cultural texts. The coded interplay of anthroposemiotics moved Sebeok from language-and-culture to language-with-culture, thence to build up the merged compound of linguïculture.


Corresponding author: Dinda L. Gorlée, The Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway, E-mail:

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Dinda L. Gorlée

Dinda L. Gorlée (b. 1943) is a semiotician of Peirce, Jakobson, and Wittgenstein and a multilingual translation theoretician. Gorlée works as a general linguist at The Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen. She was inaugural President of the Nordic Association of Semiotics (NASS) and is today a member of the Collegium of the International Association of Semiotics (IASS). Recent publications include Wittgenstein’s secret diaries: Semiotic writing in cryptology (2020) and “Parasite or parasite: The semiotic stories of translation” (2019).

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