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Dimensions of Iconicity

Dimensions of Iconicity by Angelika Zirker
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In this paper, we propose that the iconicity of Logical Form can help us evaluate the adequateness of an interpretation. We consider the relationship between iconicity, literary texts, formal semantic analysis and interpretation. With the help of an example taken from the poem “This was a Poet –” (Fr446, J448) by Emily Dickinson, we explain in which way a formal semantic analysis is iconic of the meaning of a text. We then compare this iconic analysis to other interpretative utterances about literary texts, in particular to statements that can be considered allegories of the text meaning. With this comparison we come to the conclusion that a formal semantic analysis does not restrict interpretation, but serves as guidance towards finding out about all relevant and complex structures that should also be followed in an interpretation. A linguistic analysis is thus to be seen as a measure to test the adequacy of interpretations.
John Benjamins Publishing Company; September 2017
365 pages; ISBN 9789027265180
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Title: Dimensions of Iconicity
Author: Angelika Zirker; Matthias Bauer; Olga Fischer; Christina Ljungberg