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absent presence

absent presence  

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1. In poststructuralist theory, a concept most closely associated with Derrida, for whom it refers to the mythical status of the supposed hub of any system of ideas (see also deconstruction; ...
appropriation

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1. (cultural appropriation) The adoption by one cultural group of some of the cultural forms of a different cultural group (including subcultures). For instance, ‘metrosexual’ fashions can be seen as ...
arbitrariness

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(not to be confused with randomness)1. In classical Greek philosophy, the issue of whether there was a natural connection between words and what they represent or whether the relation between them ...
arbitrary

arbitrary  

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Lacking any natural basis or substantial justification. In the theory of the sign elaborated by the Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure, the relationship between the signifier (the sound‐image or ...
articulation

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1. In oral communication, control of the voice so as to produce clear and distinct sounds in speech.2. (semiotics) Structural levels within semiotic codes—which are divisible into those with single ...
code

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1 A numerical and/or alphabetical system for organizing and classifying information and data.2 A formal statement of acceptable ways for members of a defined professional group to behave, i.e., a ...
commutation test

commutation test  

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(semiotics) A structuralist analytical technique used in the paradigmatic analysis of a text to determine whether a change on the level of the signifier leads to a change on the level of the ...
connotation

connotation  

See also surplus meaning; compare denotation1. In linguistics and literary theory, a ‘secondary’ (often emotional) meaning (or a range of associations) evoked by a word beyond its explicit denotation ...
contiguous

contiguous  

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Very close or connected without a break, sharing a common boundary or edge. For example, the contiguous states of the USA do not include Alaska and Hawaii.
conventionality

conventionality  

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(semiotics) A relationship between the signifier and the signified in a sign (or in the signs within a code) which is dependent on variable social and cultural conventions rather than intrinsic or ...
différance

différance  

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Term introduced by Derrida, combining the French for ‘difference’ and ‘deferral’. It is used to suggest both the Saussurean emphasis on meaning as the function of differences or contrasts within a ...
empty signifier

empty signifier  

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(semiotics) Variously defined as a signifier with a vague, highly variable, unspecifiable, or non-existent signified. Such signifiers mean different things to different people: they may stand for ...
essentialism

essentialism  

[Th]The idea that there are certain attitudes or emotions that are biologically inherent to human beings in general or to males or females differently. Essentialist claims are often backed up with ...
foregrounding

foregrounding  

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[loose rendering of Czech aktualisace ‘actualization’]1. For the Prague school linguists this referred to a stylistic feature characterizing poetic language (and literary language in general), in ...
freeplay

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[French jeu]A reference by Derrida (originally in the 1960s) to signifiers not being fixed to their signifieds but pointing beyond themselves to other signifiers in an ‘indefinite referral of ...
general semantics

general semantics  

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A philosophical movement, initiated in the 1930s by the Polish-American philosopher Alfred Korzybski (1879–1950), seeking to develop public awareness of the conventional basis of the relationships ...
linguistic relativism

linguistic relativism  

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The view that every language is a unique system of relations and, more radically, that the phonological, grammatical and semantic distinctions in different languages are completely arbitrary (see ...
materiality

materiality  

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The material substance of things; in semiotics, that of the sign vehicle. While nowadays the signifier is commonly interpreted as the material (or physical) form of the sign (something which can be ...
meaning transfer

meaning transfer  

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(objective correlative) (advertising) The theory that the close association of a product, brand, or service with an already positively-evaluated person (see endorsement) will lead to the transfer of ...
mediation

mediation  

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N.1 A form of alternative dispute resolution in which an independent third party (mediator) assists the parties involved in a dispute or negotiation to achieve a mutually acceptable resolution of the ...

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