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

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Volume 2019, Issue 227


Voice and bodily deixis as manifestation of performativity in written texts

Sergey Proskurin
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  • Institute of Humanites, Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation
  • Faculty of Humanities, Foreign Languages Department, Novosibirsk State Technical University, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation
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Published Online: 2019-02-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2017-0133


This article deals with voice and bodily deixis as manifestations of performativity in written texts. A speech act of origin presents as both vocal and performative events. Ritual matrixes of culture contain performative complexes, as suggested by Austin. Such performative nuclei are neither true nor false, that is, their negation cannot be logically inferred from true premises. The term deixis describes the performative moment of the utterance, its active and transformative force. The first embodied deictic utterance in Western history would be the biblical phrase “And the word made flesh.” It is the first mythopoetical performative denoting the bodily incarnation of logos. In the article, the term bodily deixis is considered against the background of experimental poetry of E.E. Cummings.

Keywords: performativity; voice; bodily deixis; written text


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About the article

Published Online: 2019-02-13

Published in Print: 2019-03-05

This research was funded by grant no. 14–28–00130 of the Russian Science Foundation. The project was carried out at the Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences.

Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2019, Issue 227, Pages 317–334, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2017-0133.

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