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Cognitive Semiotics

What is cognitive semiotics?

Cognitive semiotics is  the trans-disciplinary study of meaning. It combines concepts and methods from semiotics, cognitive science, linguistics and related fields, in order to investigate fundamental notions such as metaphor and narrative, how we communicate using different semiotic systems such as language, gesture and depiction, how these have evolved, and how they are learned by children. For more on this, see Research.

What methods are used in cognitive semiotics?

Since cognitive semiotics aims to mend the gap between the Sciences and the Humanities, we combine methods from both, including phenomenological and conceptual analysis, on the one hand, and field work and experiments, on the other. For more on this, see Description.

How can I study cognitive semiotics at Lund?

There are so far only three dedicated courses on the BA and MA level, see Courses in the menu. But it is also possible to apply for the MA Program in Language and Linguistics, with specialisation in Cognitive Semiotics, and thus integrate courses from other subjects, and write an MA thesis in the specialisation. Finally, it is also possible to apply for a PhD position, if such is announced.