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At the least, it is clear that the -ics form was already in use when Peirce worked on his contributions for the CD, but we do not know how widely, and we still do not know where Mallery picked up the term or why Peirce apparently never employed it himself (at least in his identified writings). Of course, Mallery's knowledge of the history of "the systematic use of gesture speech" (1972:2335) from antiquity to his own times, including its uses by orators and actors, was also enviable. He could easily have absorbed ideas and vocabulary through his extensive readings, which ran from quotations of the Stoic Chrysippus to Canon De Jorio's encyclopedic 1832 treatise about inferences based < previous page page_30 next page > < previous page page_31 next page > Page 31 on Neapolitan gestures to reconstruct those of the ancients (Magli 1986).
The opening sentence of his first numbered paragraph reads: "Man exists in a world of his own creation" (1947:29). This statement can perhaps best be compared with Wittgenstein's first unforgettable numbered sentence: "The world is everything that is the case" (quoted in Johnson 1947:29). (This view was remolded a century or so later by Niels Bohr in his famous maxim, "We are suspended in language in such a way that we cannot say what is up and what is down. ) It should be noted that by "nature" Johnson plainly meantprecisely as Uexküll did by the German word Natur (cf.
He was a notably acute thinker about some of the deepest semiotic problems, including zoosemiotic. He took a leading part in our Amsterdam conference, as well as in an earlier symposium on animal communication (sponsored by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and held at Burg Wartenstein, Austria, in 1965), which I had organized around the subject of zoosemiotics (Sebeok and Ramsay 1969:30). Moreover, he also contributed a marvellous, oft-cited chapter to my first handbook on Animal Communication (1968:614626).
American Signatures: Semiotic Inquiry and Method (Oklahoma Project for Discourse and Theory) by Thomas A. Sebeok