CFP: Use and Meaning (special issue of 'Semiotica')

Submission deadline: January 31, 2020

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Use and Meaning

(a special issue of “Semiotica” in honor of Jerzy Pelc)

Guest editor:

Tadeusz Ciecierski (University of Warsaw)

Deadline for submissions:

the 31st of January 2020


Jerzy Pelc (1924-2017) was a distinguished Polish philosopher and semiotician, a honorary president of Institut International de Philosophie and International Association for Semiotic Studies. His work revolved around the philosophy of language, semantics, pragmatics, theoretical semiotics and philosophical logic. He developed, among other things, an original theory of uses of expressions ("Studies in Functional Logical Semiotics of Natural Language", Mouton 1971). He was the author of more than 100 papers (published in English, Polish, and French) as well as several books. During his life he edited and co-edited several dozen volumes (including "Semiotics in Poland 1894–1969", Synthese Library 119 and special issues of "Semiotica").

The aim of the special issue is to collect papers addressing the topics, concepts and problems close to Jerzy Pelc's philosophical interests. The following list contains examples of topics interesting from the viewpoint of the special issue (the list has an open character):

  • Meaning and use,

  • Truth and meaning,

  • Semantics and pragmatics of fictional discourse,

  • Methodology of semiotics and philosophy of language,

  • Pragmatics of natural language,

  • Indexicality and ellipsis,

  • History of semiotics and logic,

  • Ontology and semantics,

  • The concept(s) of sign,

  • Relations between linguistics, logic and philosophy of language.

We welcome both the papers that concern directly Jerzy Pelc's ideas and writings and original papers that simply address the topics, concepts and problems in question.

In order to submit the paper one is kindly asked to:

1/ submit the paper via the ScholarOne site available on the Semiotica’s website,

2/ send the copy of the paper (along with a brief info about the author(s)) to the guest editor:

All submitted papers will be double-blind peer reviewed.

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#philosophy of language, #theory of signs, #philosophical logic, #pragmatics, #semantics, #fictional discourse, #history of logic