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Semiotics of discourse: epistemology and history

Grant number: 16/22466-0
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: March 01, 2017 - August 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics
Principal Investigator:Jean Cristtus Portela
Grantee:Jean Cristtus Portela
Home Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Araraquara. Araraquara , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers:Arnaldo Cortina ; Maria Giulia Dondero
Associated grant(s):16/50473-0 - Semiotic approaches to syncretic discourses, AP.R SPRINT


This project consists of an epistemological and historical study on the discursive semiotics and its historiography, with the general objective of proposing a critical reading of how semiotics focused on its own history, particularly concerning the way the relationships between linguistics and semiotics were constructed in the elaboration of the concept of enunciation, a notion that presents a strong tradition in linguistic and semiotic studies, in its different applications in verbal, non-verbal and syncretic languages. Based on reflections developed in the scope of linguistic historiography (E. F. K. Koerner and P. Swiggers) and in the framework of historical and conceptual studies of semiotics (M. Arrivé, S. Badir, D. L. P. Barros, W. Beividas, J.-C. Coquet, J. L. Fiorin, J. Fontanille, A. Hénault, E. Landowski, I. V. Lopes, H. Parret, H.-G. Ruprecht and C. Zilberberg), it intends to undertake a historical analysis of the semiotics of discourse, which makes possible to measure and situate its contribution in the framework of the contemporary linguistics. The specific objectives of this research are: 1. To analyze the way the semiotics of discourse arose in the context of the French linguistics in the 1960s, in dialogue with philosophy, anthropology and etno-literary studies; 2. To understand the successive denominations that semiotics has received since its origin (narrative and discursive semiotics, text semiotics, semiotics of discourse, among others), seeking to explain the theoretical problems and the objects of study involved in such different denominations; 3. To reflect on the influences of linguistics in the development of the concept of enunciation in semiotics and, on the other hand, on a possible contribution of semiotics to the notion of enunciation in linguistics, a contribution that remains to be defined. (AU)