Supercategory Semantics: Religion, Science, History

THE LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION RESEARCH CLUSTER Is delighted to invite you to our first seminar for 2020, by Dr Adrian Pablé, Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong:

When? Monday, 13th January 2020, 16.45 – 17.45

Where? Room VG06, Vine building, Middlesex University, London, NW4 4BT

Dr PableIn this talk Adrian will offer some reflections on the concept of the ‘Supercategory’, as outlined by Oxford linguist Roy Harris in the books The Necessity of Art (2003), The Linguistics of History (2004) and The Semantics of Science (2005). Harris argues that academic disciplines like Science, History and Religion (among others) are either built on realist surrogationalist philosophies of language, whereby words mean by ‘standing for’ something other than itself, or on holistic models of language based on some form of idealism.

Against this background Adrian will introduce Harris’ integrational linguistics as a third (semiological) alternative, with its emphasis on human activity and on the integration (or contextualization) of signs.

The Language and Communication Research Seminars are free and open to all staff, students and guests. For any questions or if you would like to lead a session, contact Anna Charalambidou.

Click here to see all 2019-20 Language & Communication research seminars.

The Middlesex Annual Roundtable on Signs, Language and Communication

The Language and Communication research cluster is pleased to announce the Second Roundtable on Signs, Language and Communication that will take place on 7 and 8 January 2020 on the campus of Middlesex University London.

The Middlesex Roundtable on Signs, Language and Communication is an annual workshop launched in January 2019 to encourage discussion between three paradigms of language and communication theory: the integrationism of Roy Harris and his followers, biosemiotics and philosophy of communication. These areas of thought and scholarship share assumptions regarding the fundamental role played by communicative interaction in the emergence of signification, meaning and relationality. They also share views of communication and language that are not limited to the understanding of language as a code-based domain.

The Roundtable is an initiative of Paul Cobley (Professor of Language and Media, Middlesex), Adrian Pablé (Associate Professor, Department of English, Hong Kong University) and Johan Siebers (Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Middlesex). It aims to create fruitful interactions between these approaches in an informal context of invited papers, “flipped” conference style (short talks, long conversations) and, each year, a focus on a different topic.

The first Roundtable in 2019 provided participants with the opportunity to discuss basic features of the three approaches. A special issue of Sign Systems Studies based on the papers presented there is in preparation.

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The theme of the second Roundtable will be intersubjectivity. A program and further details about the 2020 Roundtable will be published on London English and our cluster’s website and in due course.

If you have any questions and/or would like to participate, please contact Johan Siebers.