Semiotic Lingwiz'dry and psycho(a)logical creativity

Patrick Jemmer

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Language is utilized to create models of reality onto which we map the real-time flow of data mediated through our senses and this leads to “socialization through language.” Different, particularized, registers of language exist, and these are used to create powerful “magical” effects within defined contexts or realms of discourse. Technological and scientific language is generally considered to be constrained to be denotative and systematic; however, in truth all language is interpreted highly metaphorically. Thus language proposes the illusion of objectivity merely as an abstraction. So in this “magical” sense, language metaphorically helps (or hinders) us in creating, affecting, and manipulating the reality which exists external to our selves as model-generating machines. How, then, can we apply semiotics to communication and therapeutic individuation-through-language? We require language communication, governed by interactions, which can accommodate change and deal effectively with processes. Magical languaging is powerful since it allows human beings access to expanded signification by (un)consciously co-creating themselves as signs and so actualizing the fossilized information-content of language as imaginatively lived meaning. Through the use of magical language we can learn to escape from the chains of linear signification into an open, dreamy world of chaotic knowledge, rhizomatic connectivity, and creative flux.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBifrons Creativity
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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