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The Semiotics of forms of life

Grant number: 15/00725-0
Support type:Research Grants - Visiting Researcher Grant - International
Duration: April 13, 2015 - May 12, 2015
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal Investigator:Jean Cristtus Portela
Grantee:Jean Cristtus Portela
Visiting researcher: Jacques Fontanille
Visiting researcher institution: Université de Limoges, France
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Araraquara. Araraquara , SP, Brazil


Since the early 1990s, in the theoretical framework of the discursive semiotics, the debate on the semiotic status of "forms of life" (a term coined by L. Wittgenstein) has received continuous elaborations until it became, more recently, a topic of growing interest, mainly due to the efforts of Professor Jacques Fontanille, Ph.D. researcher at the Université de Limoges and founder of the Centre de Recherches Sémiotiques (CeReS). In order to deal with this important concept of the contemporary discursive semiotic theory, it is proposed to invite Prof. Jacques Fontanille to work for a month, from 13/04 to 12/05/2015, at the Department of Linguistics of the College of Letters and Sciences of Unesp, Araraquara, Brazil (Faculdade de Ciências e Letras da Unesp de Araraquara - FCL). The stay of the visiting professor comprises research and teaching activities essentially directed to teachers and students of the research streams "Discursive and textual structure, organization and functioning", of the Graduate Program in Linguistics and Portuguese Language, and "Intersemiotic Relations", of the Graduate Program in Literary Studies, both of FCL/UNESP. It is also envisaged the participation of the visiting professor in research and teaching activities at USP, UPM and PUC/SP, as well as at UFC (Fortaleza, CE) and UFF (Niterói, RJ), institutions of other states that hold close research links with institutions in the state of São Paulo. Prof. Fontanille's research activities consist of follow-up meetings and evaluation of researches. Additionally, his teaching activities are offered in the form of short courses and conferences. All short courses and conferences must be recorded and, as well as their programs and summaries, disclosed and made available on the blog of the Seminário de Semiótica da Unesp ( and on sites of partner institutions. (AU)