Exploring the cognitive infrastructure of communication

J.P. de Ruiter, Matthijs L. Noordzij, Sarah Newman-Norlund, Roger Newman-Norlund, Peter Hagoort, Stephen C. Levinson, Ivan Toni

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In the early twentieth century, Ferdinand de Saussure envisioned "a science which studies the role of signs as part of social life". About a century later, a science has emerged that is very much in the spirit of that envisioned by de Saussure. Researchers who are developing this science, which has been labeled Experimental Semiotics, conduct controlled studies in which human adults develop novel communication systems or impose novel structure on systems provided to them.
This volume offers a primer to Experimental Semiotics and presents a set of studies conducted within this new discipline. The volume is an ideal text complement for an advanced graduate seminar and it will be of interest to anyone who wonders how humans assemble and develop new ways to communicate with one another.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExperimental semiotics
Subtitle of host publicationStudies on the emergence and evolution of human communication
EditorsBruno Galantucci, Simon Garros
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins
ISBN (Electronic)9789027273697
ISBN (Print)9789027202642
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameBenjamins Current Topics
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
ISSN (Print)1874-0081


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