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Description - Victoria Welby and the Science of Signs by Susan Petrilli

Victoria Welby (1837-1912) dedicated her research to the relationship between signs and values. She exchanged ideas with important exponents of the language and sign sciences, such as Charles S. Peirce and Charles S. Ogden. She examined themes she believed crucially important both in the use of signs and in reflection on signs. But Welby's research can also be understood in ideal dialogue with authors she could never have met in real life, such as Mikhail Bakhtin, Susanne Langer, and Genevieve Vaughan.

Welby contends that signifying cannot be constrained to any one system, type of sign, language, field of discourse, or area of experience. On the contrary, it is ever more developed, enhanced, and rigorous, the more it develops across different fields, disciplines, and areas of experience. For example, to understand meaning, Welby evidences the advantage of translating it into another word even from the same language or resorting to metaphor to express what would otherwise be difficult to conceive.

Welby aims for full awareness of the expressive potential of signifying resources. Her reflections make an important contribution to problems connected with communication, expression, interpretation, translation, and creativity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781412854924
ISBN-10: 141285492X
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: AldineTransaction
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2015
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Susan Petrilli

Susan Petrilli is an associate professor at the University of Bari Aldo Moro, Italy. She is author of many books, including Expression and Interpretation in Language and The Self as a Sign, the World, and the Other.

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