The Word Revisited: Introducing the CogSens Model to Integrate Semiotic, Linguistic, and Psychological Perspectives

Per Durst-Andersen*, Stine Evald Bentsen

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The paper develops a new holistic theory of the word by integrating semiotic, linguistic, and psychological perspectives and introduces the Cogitative-Sensory Word Model, the CogSens Model, that unites the human mind and body. Saussure’s two-sided sign is replaced by a Peirce-inspired three-sided conception in which the expression unit mediates two content units, namely, an idea content connected to the human mind and an image content linked to the human body. It is argued that it is the word that makes human language a unique tool of communication. Moreover, it is demonstrated how words interact with grammar to create an utterance. Finally, it is suggested that speech perception, i.e., fission of idea and image content, is the mirror image of speech production, i.e., fusion of idea and image content.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2020

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Epub ahead of print. Published online: 27 Nov 2020.
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  • Index
  • Symbol
  • Arbitrariness
  • Motivatedness
  • Convention
  • Impotence
  • Pluripotence
  • Omnipotence
  • Dichotomy versus trichotomy
  • Lexicon and grammar
  • Fusion and fission

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