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  • Morphosyntactic Changeby Olga Fischer

    OUP Oxford 2006; US$ 54.99

    Olga Fischer presents a critical analysis of morphosyntactic change and the mechanisms that trigger it. She shows how changes in discourse, lexicon, semantics, pragmatics, and sound interact with changes in morphosyntax, and considers the interface between the internal and external factors of change. She reveals how rates and speed of change in morphosyntax... more...

  • Form Miming Meaningby Max Nänny; Olga Fischer

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1999; US$ 216.00

    The recent past has seen an increasing interest in iconicity especially among linguists. This collection puts the interdisciplinary study of iconic dimensions (comprising what has been termed ‘imagic iconicity’, as well as ‘diagrammatic iconicity’, i.e. iconicity of a more abstract and less semiotic type) on the map, paying... more...

  • The Motivated Signby Olga Fischer; Max Nänny

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2001; US$ 195.00

    This volume, a sequel to Form Miming Meaning (1999), offers a selection of papers given at the second international symposium on iconicity (Amsterdam 1999). In the light of semiotic, linguistic and literary theory the studies gathered here investigate how iconicity works on all levels of language, in literary texts and other forms of verbal discourse.... more...

  • From Sign to Signingby Wolfgang G. Müller; Olga Fischer

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2003; US$ 218.00

    This volume, a sequel to Form Miming Meaning (1999) and The Motivated Sign (2001), offers a selection of papers given at the Third International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature (Jena 2001). The studies collected here present a number of new departures. Special consideration is given to the way non-linguistic visual and auditory... more...

  • Outside-In — Inside-Outby Costantino Maeder; Olga Fischer; William J. Herlofsky

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2005; US$ 218.00

    This fourth volume of the Iconicity series is like its predecessors devoted to the study of iconicity in language and literature in all its forms. Many of the papers turn the notion of iconicity ‘inside-out’, some suggesting that ‘less-is-more’; others focus on the cognitive factors ‘inside’ the brain that are important for the iconic phenomena that... more...

  • Pathways of Changeby Olga Fischer; Anette Rosenbach; Dieter Stein

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2000; US$ 188.00

    There is a continual growth of interest among linguists of all-theoretical denominations in grammaticalization, a concept central to many linguistic (change) theories. However, the discussion of grammaticalization processes has often suffered from a shortage of concrete empirical studies from one of the best-documented languages in the world, English.... more...

  • Insistent Imagesby Elzbieta Tabakowska; Christina Ljungberg; Olga Fischer

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2007; US$ 195.00

    This paper analyses the complexity of intermedial iconicity through the analysis of Laurie Anderson’s piece White Lily . It reveals the media aesthetic strategies by which Anderson enacts the abstract concept of time through the iconic use of language as well as through iconicity in music, gesture and computer animation. The performer’s multimodal... more...

  • Up and down the Cline – The Nature of Grammaticalizationby Olga Fischer; Muriel Norde; Harry Perridon

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2004; US$ 98.00

    The basic idea behind this volume is to probe the nature of grammaticalization. Its contributions focus on the following questions: (i) In how far can grammaticalization be considered a universal diachronic process or mechanism of change and in how far is it conditioned by synchronic factors? (ii) What is the role of the speaker in grammaticalization?... more...

  • Semblance and Significationby Pascal Michelucci; Olga Fischer; Christina Ljungberg

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 158.00

    This article explores the various layers of iconicity in John Irving’s novel A Widow for One Year , which abounds in iconic images, diagrams and metaphors, and Todd Williams’ movie adaptation, The Door in the Floor . Intra-medial and intermedial forms of iconicity are brought into focus, as they weave the complex web of cross-, self-... more...

  • Iconic Investigationsby Lars Elleström; Olga Fischer; Christina Ljungberg

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2013; US$ 158.00

    This paper proposes an integrated account of the formal and functional non-uniformity exhibited by sound-symbolic words based on a hierarchy of lexical iconicity (i.e., iconicity of words). It is argued that the more iconic a vocalized sign is, the less strongly it is constrained by the linguistic system. This crosslinguistic generalization is instantiated... more...