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Current Issues in Philology and Pedagogical Linguistics
Aktualnye problemi filologii i pedagogicheskoi lingvistiki
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Symbolicity, Language, and Mediality

Authors: Lars Elleström

Abstract: This article demonstrates the broad applicability of the concept of symbol in human communication, beyond but including verbal language. The starting point is Charles Sanders Peirce’s understanding of symbolicity as signi-fication grounded on habits. The goal is to be able to conceptualize mediality in general and media interrelations, particularly in relation to symbolicity. Informed by a multimodal view on media, the author provides a systematic overview of symbolicity within the context of communication among human minds structured around two crossing parameters: symbols being limited or widespread among people and symbols not being part of or being part of systems – languages. Based on this overview, I clarify the role of culture in language notions and conceptualize language in relation to mediality. I also suggest a way of more precisely describing similarities and differences between languages and media types, without either conflating or totally separating the two concepts. Finally, I investigate how the dependence of language and media type conceptions on culture affects the idea of intermediality. Together, these investigations and conceptualizations promote a more comprehensive understanding of symbolicity in general and a deeper knowledge of the role of symbolicity in human communication, including verbal language, and intermedial relations involving all kinds of different media types.

Keywords: Charles Sanders Peirce; intermediality; language; media types; multi-modality; semiotics; sign systems; symbol.

For citation: Elleström, Lars. Symbolicity, Language, and Mediality. Current Issues in Philology and Pedagogical Linguistics. 2023, no 1, pp. 18–31. (In Russ.).

Lars Elleström 
Linnaeus University, Växjö, 35195, Sweden;
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-8664-1970;

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