Biosemiotic Perspectives on Language and Linguistics

  • Ekaterina Velmezova
  • Kalevi Kull
  • Stephen J. Cowley

Part of the Biosemiotics book series (BSEM, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Kalevi Kull, Ekaterina Velmezova
    Pages 1-10
  3. Theory and Theoretical Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Donald Favareau, Kalevi Kull
      Pages 13-28
    3. Morten Tønnessen
      Pages 77-96
  4. Observations and Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Stephen J. Cowley
      Pages 123-148
  5. Biosemiotics and Biolinguistics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Winfried Nöth
      Pages 151-168
  6. History of Ideas

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 291-295

About this book


Without biosemiosis, there could be no human language. The volume presents international perspectives that have been inspired by this simple idea. The contributors open up new methods, directions and perspectives on both language in general and specific human languages. Many commonplace notions (language, dialect, syntax, sign, text, dialogue, discourse, etc.) have to be rethought once due attention is given to the living roots of languages. Accordingly, the contributors unite “eternal” problems of the humanities (such as language and thought, origin of language, prelinguistic meaning-making, borders of human language and “marginal” linguistic phenomena) with new inspirations drawing from natural science. They do so with respect to issues such as: how biolinguistics relates to biosemiotics, the history and value of general linguistic and (bio)semiotic models, and how empirical work can link the study of language with biosemiotic phenomena. The volume thus begins to unify perspectives on language(s) and living systems. Biosemiotics connects the sciences with the humanities while offering a new challenge to autonomous linguistics by pointing towards new kinds of interdisciplinary fusion.


Biology Biosemiotics Dialogism Liunguistics Semantics

Editors and affiliations

  • Ekaterina Velmezova
    • 1
  • Kalevi Kull
    • 2
  • Stephen J. Cowley
    • 3
  1. 1.Slavic and South Asian StudiesUniversity of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Professor in biosemioticsUniversity of TartuTartuEstonia
  3. 3.Dept. of Language and CommunicationUniversity of Southern DenmarkSlagelseDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-20662-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-20663-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1875-4651
  • Series Online ISSN 1875-466X
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