C. S. Peirce and Intersemiotic Translation

  • João Queiroz
  • Daniella Aguiar


Intersemiotic translation (IT) was defined by Roman Jakobson (The Translation Studies Reader, Routledge, London, p. 114, 2000) as “transmutation of signs”—“an interpretation of verbal signs by means of signs of nonverbal sign systems.” Despite its theoretical relevance, and in spite of the frequency in which it is practiced, the phenomenon remains virtually unexplored in terms of conceptual modeling, especially from a semiotic perspective. Our approach is based on two premises: (i) IT is fundamentally a semiotic operation process (semiosis) and (ii) IT is a deeply iconic-dependent process. We exemplify our approach by means of literature to dance IT and we explore some implications for the development of a general model of IT.


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Daniella Aguiar would like to acknowledge the support received, in the form of research grant, from CAPES Foundation, the Ministry of Education of Brazil, Brasília—DF 70040-020, Brazil (postdoctoral studies grant).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Arts and DesignFederal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF)Juiz de ForaBrazil
  2. 2.Graduate Program on Literary StudiesFederal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF)Juiz de ForaBrazil

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