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Volume 2015, Issue 207


Kenneth L. Pike and science fiction

Dinda L. Gorlée
Published Online: 2015-07-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2015-0043


Kenneth L. Pike’s tagmemic explanation of his etic-emic equivalence corresponds to the notion of “approximate” translation. According to a weaker version of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, Pike’s cross-cultural and multilingual perspective of Bible translation approximates the duality and triadicity of Peirce’s immediate/emotional, dynamical/energetic, and final/logical interpretants. Pike’s astronautical examples of the artificial language Kabala-X translated into English and the science fiction story of the Earthmen who invaded Mars are fictional and creative artifacts of human-alien cryptography leading, as argued here, to false semio-logical reasoning.

Keywords: translation; etic-emic approach; tagmemics; equivalence/non-equivalence; linguïculture; cryptography


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Published Online: 2015-07-17

Published in Print: 2015-10-01

Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2015, Issue 207, Pages 217–231, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2015-0043.

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