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Coherence and truthfulness in communication: Intracommunicational and extracommunicational indexicality
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8664-1970
2018 (English)In: Semiotica, ISSN 0037-1998, E-ISSN 1613-3692, no 225, p. 423-446Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to construct a model that demonstrates how human communication, involving all kinds of media, may not only correspond to but also put us in contact with what we perceive to be the surrounding world. In which ways is truthfulness actually established by communication ? To answer this, the notion of indices is employed: signs based on contiguity. However, an investigation of indices' outward direction - creating truthfulness in communication - also requires an understanding of their inward direction: establishing coherence. To investigate these two functions, further concepts and various elementary categorizations are proposed: it is argued that there are several types of contiguity and many varieties of indexical objects, which invalidates the coarse fiction-nonfiction distinction.

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Walter de Gruyter, 2018. no 225, p. 423-446
Keywords [en]
communication, media, truthfulness, coherence, index, fictionality
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Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-79099DOI: 10.1515/sem-2017-0001ISI: 000450996700022Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85054398206OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-79099DiVA, id: diva2:1268649
Available from: 2018-12-06 Created: 2018-12-06 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved

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