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Semiotica

Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

Editor-in-Chief: Danesi, Marcel

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Volume 2011, Issue 187

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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

Anders Björkvall / Anna-Malin Karlsson
Published Online: 2011-09-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/semi.2011.068

Abstract

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.

Keywords:: semiotic resource; social semiotics; discourse; materiality; postit notes; furniture

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Published Online: 2011-09-29

Published in Print: 2011-10-01


Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2011, Issue 187, Pages 141–165, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/semi.2011.068.

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