American Signatures: Semiotic Inquiry and Method (Oklahoma by Thomas A. Sebeok

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Johnson 1947:15). " (1947:15). This is not the place to reappraise Johnson's always subtle, always fascinating, if sometimes flawed, reflections upon "the relation [as he phrased the topic in the subtitle of his Treatise on Language] which words bear to things," on the philosophy of language, especially semantics, and on a host of other perennial semiotic conundrums. These cogitations are well and critically appraised by David Rynin, who believed Johnson to have been a thinker of the highest rank (exalted at length in Johnson 1947:30, 430; concisely in Rynin 1967; see also Todd and Blackwood 1969).

I chose to shape the conference around five thematic areas: cultural anthropology, education, linguistics, psychiatry, and psychology. Many prominent individuals were, naturally, invited to represent each of these disciplines. , Sebeok et al. 1972:139, 232). In 1970, Goffman and I amicably coorganized and ran an international conference (sponsored by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research). We were in total concord on the venue (Amsterdam), the participants, and topics to be discussed (Sherzer 1971).

Vygotsky by way of Peircean sign theory. '' 4 After this abridged tour d'horizon of major resident linguists' perspectives on semiotics, let me return to Pike and his book. A contemporary, quintessentially American linguist, Pike engaged in evangelistic activity on behalf of the fundamentalist Summer Institute of Linguistics (the headquarters of which is located at Santa Ana, California) and the Wycliffe Bible Translators. His interests have ranged from phonetics to discourse structure, rhetoric, and semantics.

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