Person

Göran Sonesson

Professor

  • Cognitive Semiotics
  • Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail goran.sonessonsemiotik.luse

Phone +46 46 222 95 31

Room SOL:L608

Visiting address
Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address
Box 201, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 20

Professor emeritus of semiotics at Lund University, I initiated the Semiotics Seminar in 1986 and the Centre for cognitive semiotics in 2009. I created the doctorate in semiotics in 1998 which we later turned into cognitive semiotics.

I was president of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies 1992-2012, as well as Secretary General of the International Association for Visual Semiotics from 2001 and its president from 2015. I was one of the initiators of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics.

I hold a doctorate in general linguistics from Lund, and a doctorate in semiotics from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Between 1978 and 1981, I dedicated myself to the semiotics of gesture in Paris, and between 1981 and 1982, I conducted research in Mayan linguistics and semiotics in Mexico. Since my return to Lund, in 1982, I have mainly been concerned with pictorial and cultural semiotics, as well as the epistemology of (cognitive) semiotics.

Research

My profile in Lund University research portal

After I had graduated in general linguistics in Lund in 1978 and in semiotics in Paris the same year, I have mostly been involved in semiotic research. Semiotics is the science of meaning, not only in language. Most of the time I have been concerned to visual semiotics, the semiotics of gesture, cultural semiotics, the epistemology of semiotics, psychological-semiotic experiments with children and apes, and more, recently e, with evolutionary semiotics.

Since I returned to Sweden from France and Mexico in 1983, I have established semiotic research in this country. The focus of my research has recently been on the evolution and development of semiotic resources in human beings and children, first in the context of the project Language, Gestures and Images in a Semiotic Developmental Perspective (SGB), in collaboration between semiotics and linguistics and cognitive science, followed by the EU project Stages in the Evolution and Development of Sign Use (SEDSU), which was a collaboration with psychologists, primatologists and linguists in several parts of Europe, and most recently in the Centre for Cognitive Semiotics, which included representatives of semiotics, linguistics and several other human sciences at Lund University. My most recent project, The Meeting of Them and Us (MATUS), involved encounters between cultures in terms of cultural semantic terms, divided into two periods, the discovery of other continents and present time.

My book Pictorial concepts (Lund: Lund University Press 1989) has gained international recognition as a fundamental contribution to visual semiotics. In Swedish, I have also published the first comprehensive textbook that exists in any language in visual semiotics, Bildbetydelser (Lund: Student Literature 1992). I have also been one of the editors, with a special focus on visual semiotics, for Encyclopedia of Semiotics, published by Oxford University Press in 1998, for which I have also written many entries. I am the author of the overviews of pictorial semiotics in the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Semiotics, Sebeok, T. A., & Danesi, M. (eds). Berlin; New York: De Gruyter Mouton 2010. and in the Handbook of Visual Communication, Machin, D. 23-50. Berlin: DeGruyter 2014, as well as of the semiotics of photography in the International Handbook of Semiotics. Trifonas, P. (ed.), 417-483. Berlin: Springer 2015. Together with David Dunér, I published in 2016 Human Lifeworlds: The Cognitive Semiotics of Cultural Evolution. Frankfurt / M .: Peter Lang.

I was one of the founders of the Association internationelle de sémiotique visuelle in Blois 1989 and of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics in Aarhus in 2013.

Books (4)

Editorships (4)

Articles (81)

Book chapters (46)

Prefaces (1)

Conference contributions (25)

Reports (2)

Working papers (7)

Reviews (2)

Supervision at Lund University (3)

Göran Sonesson

Professor

  • Cognitive Semiotics
  • Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail goran.sonessonsemiotik.luse

Phone +46 46 222 95 31

Room SOL:L608

Visiting address
Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address
Box 201, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 20

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