New Issue Announcement: Volume V Nos. 1-2

The editorial board is pleased to announce the official publication of Vol. 5 Nos. 1-2 on 15 October 2013, on the theme Conceptual Metaphor Theory: Thirty Years After. Many thanks to the guest editors Riccardo Fusaroli and Simone Morgagni; and to the other contributors: Raymond W. Gibbs, Line Brandt, Vyvyan Evans, Elena Faur, Michiel Leezenberg, Andrzej Pawelec, Gerard Steen, Seana Coulson, Cristobal Pagán Cánovas, Alice Deignan, Lynne Cameron, Gabriela-Alina Sauciuc, Rosario Caballero, Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano, Kathryn Allan, Nico Mouton, Alan Cienki, Douglas Niño, Germán Serventi, Gilles Fauconnier, and Peer F. Bundgaard. Download the complete issue or select individual papers.

Conceptual Metaphor Theory: Thirty Years After (complete volume)

Introduction: Thirty Years After / Fusaroli & Morgagni

Why Do Some People Dislike Conceptual Metaphor Theory? / Raymond W. Gibbs

Metaphor and the Communicative Mind / Line Brandt

Metaphor, Lexical Concepts, and Figurative Meaning Construction / Vyvyan Evans

Integral Semantics and Conceptual Metaphor: Rethinking Conceptual Metaphor Within an Integral Semantics Framework / Elena Faur

From Cognitive Linguistics to Social Science: Thirty Years After Metaphors We Live By / Michiel Leezenberg

CMT and the ‘Work’ of Metaphor / Andrzej Pawelec

Deliberate Metaphor Affords Conscious Metaphorical Cognition / Gerard Steen

Understanding Timelines: Conceptual Metaphor and Conceptual Integration / Seana Coulson and Cristobol Pagán Cánovas

A Re-examination of UNDERSTANDING IS SEEING / Alice Deignan and Lynne Cameron

The Role of Metaphor in the Structuring of Emotion Concepts / Gabriela-Alina Sauciuc

Ways of Perceiving, Moving, and Thinking: Re-vindicating Culture in Conceptual Metaphor Theory / Rosario Caballero and Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano

An Inquiry into Metaphorical Death: Exploring the Loss of Literal Senses of Conceptual Metaphors / Kathryn Allan

Do Metaphors Evolve? The Case of the Social Organism / Nico Mouton

Conceptual Metaphor Theory in Light of Research on Speakers’ Gestures / Alan Cienki

Cognitive Type and Visual Metaphorical Expression / Douglas Niño and Germán Serventi

On Metaphor and Blending / Gilles Fauconnier and George Lakoff

Are Cross-Domain Mappings Psychologically Deep, but Conceptually Shallow? What is Still Left to Test for Conceptual Metaphor Theory / Peer F. Bundgaard

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Journal of Cognitive Semiotics Moves to De Gruyter

From the start of 2014, the Journal of Cognitive Semiotics will revert to being a traditional paper-and-electronic-subscription journal, published by De Gruyter. You can check out the new website and catch the current call for papers at

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New Issue Announcement: Volume IV No. 2

The editorial board is pleased to announce the official publication of Vol. 4 No. 2 on 1 May 2013, on the theme Cognitive Narratology of Politics. Many thanks to the guest editors Per Aage Brandt and Patrick Colm Hogan; and to the other contributors: George Lakoff, Richard A. Gordon, and Corinne Bancroft. Note that the article by Joseph Darda has been withdrawn by request of the author. Download the complete issue via the link below, or select individual papers.

Cognitive Narratology of Politics (complete volume)

Introduction: Cognitive Narratology of Politics / Hogan

Metaphor and War: The Metaphor System Used to Justify War in the Gulf / Lakoff

A Narrative of National Reform: Quanto vale ou é por quilo? (2005) / Gordon

Emplotting Immigration: The Rhetoric of Border Narratives / Bancroft

La Falange: The Structure of a Fascist Dream / Brandt

The Digital Subject: Ideological Mirroring in Social News Media / Darda

World Literature, Globalization, and The Loss Of Stories: On the Political Economy of Narrative Today / Hogan

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New Issue Announcement: Volume IV No. 1

The editorial board is pleased to announce the official publication of Vol. 4 No. 1 on 15 August 2012, on the theme of The Intersubjectivity of Embodiment. The issue is available for download below, either in whole or by individual paper. Many thanks to the guest editors: Riccardo Fusaroli,  Paolo Demuru, and Anna Borghi; and to the contributors: Colwyn Trevarthen,  Patrizia Violi, Michael Kimmel, Maurizio Gentilucci, Claudia Gianelli, Giovanna Cristina Campione, Francesca Ferri, Mats Andren, Liesbet Quaeghebeur, Paul Sambre, Leon de Bruin, and Sanneke de Haan.

The Intersubjectivity of Embodiment (complete volume)

Introduction: The Intersubjectivity of Embodiment / Fusaroli, Demuru & Borghi

Embodied Human Intersubjectivity: Imaginative Agency, To Share Meaning / Trevarthen

How Our Bodies Become Us: Embodiment, Semiosis, and Intersubjectivity /Violi

Intersubjectivity at Close Quarters: How Dancers of Tango Argentino Use Imagery for Interaction and Improvisation / Kimmel

Intersubjectivity and Embodied Communication Systems / Gentilucci, Gianelli, Campione & Ferri

The Social World Within Reach: Intersubjective Manifestations of Action Completion/ Andren

The ‘All-at-Onceness’ of Embodied, Face-to-Face Interaction / Quaeghebeur

Fleshing Out Language and Intersubjectivity: An Exploration of Merleau-Ponty’s Legacy to Cognitive Linguistics / Sambre

Enactivism and Social Cognition: In Search of the Whole Story / de Bruin & de Haan


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Tropes & Schemes

Issue #6: Tropes & Schemes

While we are all waiting on the next issue of the re-launched Journal of Cognitive Semiotics, here, then, is the final issue of the earlier version of the journal, available from the Peter Lang website.

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New Editorial Board

The Journal of Cognitive Semiotics proudly announces the members of its new editorial board:

  • Peer Bundgaard, Centre for Semiotics, University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • Merlin Donald, professor emeritus, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada
  • Bruno Galantucci, Laboratory of Experimental Semiotics, Yeshiva University, New York City, USA
  • Todd Oakley, professor and chair of cognitive science, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • Göran Sonesson, Centre for Cognitive Semiotics, University of Lund, Sweden

Peer Bundgaard is associate professor at the Center for Semiotics. His work divides into two major domains. First is the semiotics of aesthetic cognition: that is to say, the nature of aesthetic cognition in relation to plain cognition; second, the crossovers between phenomenology and cognitive semantics. In both domains, his focus is on the ontological and psychological constraints on human meaning making.

Merlin Donald is professor emeritus in the department of psychology and faculty of education at Queen’s University.  A cognitive neuroscientist with a background in philosophy, he is the author of numerous scientific papers and two influential books: Origins of the Modern Mind: Three Stages in the Evolution of Culture and Cognition and A Mind So Rare: The Evolution of Human Consciousness.

Bruno Galantucci is associate professor in psychology at Yeshiva University, where he directs the Experimental Semiotics Laboratory. He is a research affiliate at Haskins Laboratories, where he has conducted research on the psychology of language — including speech perception, word recognition, and sentence processing. In recent years, he has focused on studying experimentally how humans establish and develop novel forms of communication, contributing to the foundation of Experimental Semiotics.

Todd Oakley is professor and chair of cognitive science. His areas of specialization include cognitive linguistics, semiotics, discourse analysis, and rhetoric. Together, they provide the framework and methods for tracing the micro-cognitive and phenomenological bases of attention as they make their presence felt in the higher-order activities of social awareness, discourse, and persuasion. Human minds are “rhetoric machines.”

Göran Sonesson is professor of semiotics at Lund University, where he has directed the semiotics seminar since 1986. He is the head of the Centre for Cognitive Semiotics and the initiator of the doctoral program in semiotics. He was the first president of the Swedish Society for Semiotic Studies and is the current president of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies, as well as secretary general of the International Association for Visual Semiotics.

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Issue #5: Aesthetic Cognition

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Issue #5: Aesthetic Cognition

Meanwhile, here is the Autumn 2009 issue on Aesthetic Cognition, available for order from the Peter Lang website.

Contributors: Jean Petitot, Peer F. Bundgaard, Wolfgang Wildgen, Ivan Darrault-Harris, Zoï Kapoula , Qing Yang, Marine Vernet, Maria-Pia Bucci, Alessandro Pignocchi, Ellen Dissanayake, Michael Kimmel.

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Cognitive Semiotics re-launch

The Cognitive Semiotics journal is presently being re-launched, involving the creation of a new editorial committee and a Cognitive Semiotics Association.  This will be a collaborative project between the Centre for Semiotics in Århus, Denmark, and the Centre for Cognitive Semiotics in Lund, Sweden.  Meanwhile the delayed Issue #6 “Tropes and Schemes” will be available by the end of 2011 — watch this space for details.  This is expected to be the final issue with Peter Lang. Issue #7 “Intersubjectivity of Embodiment”  will be available early in 2012 as an electronic-only issue, as will Issue #8  “Conceptual Metaphor Theory: Thirty Years After”.  Both were formerly planned as electronic Companions. Issue #9 “Political Cognition” will be available later in 2012.

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Cognitive Semiotics #4 published! (Anthroposemiotics vs. Biosemiotics)

Apart from being somewhat behind schedule on the 2009 volumes we’ve had some trouble with our website, resulting in a lack of updates. But things should be up and running again and this means we can finally officially announce the publication of Cognitive Semiotics #4 (Spring 2009): “Anthroposemiotics vs. Biosemiotics”, which in actuality took place in December last year. In any event we hope you will enjoy this collection of papers by Kalevi Kull, Søren Brier, Stephen Cowley, Alf Hornborg, Barend van Heusden, Göran Sonesson and Jordan Zlatev. Article abstracts, table of contents, and the editorial preface can be accessed via the links below.

Cognitive Semiotics #4 (Spring 2009). ISSN 1662-1425.

200 pages. Paperback. Art. No. 81608

Click here for: Table of Contents (pdf)

Click here for: Editorial Preface & article abstracts (pdf)

Finally, click here to: order online at (for print or electronic version. However, if you’re ONLY interested in the electronic version, here’s a direct link to the Metapress hosting site for that:

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Cognitive Semiotics in Cincinnati, Oct. 16-17

While we are waiting for #4 to leave press (it should be anytime now), we should announce that members of the editorial board will be presenting papers at the upcoming 34th Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America, taking place in Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 15-18.

The editors of Cognitive Semiotics are scheduled for two sessions, both under the heading “Semiotics and Cognitive Studies”.

Session 1 is Friday 16 October: 14:00 -15:30

Session 2 is Saturday 17 October: 10:15 – 12:15

The full program can be viewed here:

We hope to see some of you there!

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