William J. Herlofsky

List of John Benjamins publications for which William J. Herlofsky plays a role.


Iconicity: East meets West

Edited by Masako K. Hiraga, William J. Herlofsky, Kazuko Shinohara and Kimi Akita

[Iconicity in Language and Literature, 14] 2015. x, 279 pp.
Subjects Phonology | Semiotics | Theoretical linguistics | Theoretical literature & literary studies

Outside-In — Inside-Out

Edited by Costantino Maeder, Olga Fischer and William J. Herlofsky

[Iconicity in Language and Literature, 4] 2005. x, 427 pp.
Subjects Cognition and language | Discourse studies | Pragmatics | Syntax


Herlofsky, William J. 2017 Iconicity in Buddhist language and literature: The case of multidimensional iconicity in the perfect Buddhist mantraDimensions of Iconicity, Zirker, Angelika, Matthias Bauer, Olga Fischer and Christina Ljungberg (eds.), pp. 249–262 | Chapter
This chapter will examine iconicity in Buddhist language and literature by analyzing the multidimensional iconicity in the gyate mantra that appears at the end of the Heart Sutra (Herlofsky 2013, 2014). It will be shown how the method of analysis for the four dimensions of poetry suggested by… read more
Hiraga, Masako K., William J. Herlofsky, Kazuko Shinohara and Kimi Akita 2015 Introduction: Ubiquity of Iconicity - East Meets WestIconicity: East meets West, Hiraga, Masako K., William J. Herlofsky, Kazuko Shinohara and Kimi Akita (eds.), pp. 1–9 | Article
Herlofsky, William J. 2011 Iconic thinking and the contact-induced transfer of linguistic material: The case of Japanese, signed Japanese, and Japan Sign LanguageSemblance and Signification, Michelucci, Pascal, Olga Fischer and Christina Ljungberg (eds.), pp. 19–38 | Article
Stated very simply iconic thinking is the ability to recognize similarities in different phenomena. This way of thinking can often lead to imitation and borrowing when languages come into contact, two important methods that languages have available to them for forming new words and enriching their… read more
Herlofsky, William J. 2010 Iconic signs, motivated semantic networks, and the nature of conceptualization: What iconic signing spaces can tell us about mental spacesSignergy, Conradie, C. Jac, Ronél Johl, Marthinus Beukes, Olga Fischer and Christina Ljungberg (eds.), pp. 301–317 | Article
This chapter attempts to demonstrate how certain mental space images are structurally reflected in their corresponding iconic signs in Japan Sign Language (JSL). Section one provides a general introduction, and section two offers a brief summary of the framework developed by Tyler and Evans (2001,… read more
Herlofsky, William J. 2007 Iconic thumbs, pinkies and pointers: The grammaticalization of animate-entity handshapes in Japan sign languageInsistent Images, Tabakowska, Elżbieta, Christina Ljungberg and Olga Fischer (eds.), pp. 37–53 | Article
Sign language research has shown that all sign languages have verbs of motion in which the movement expressed by the verb is combined with an animateentity handshape. These handshapes iconically represent certain salient characteristics of their referents, and are therefore referred to as… read more
Herlofsky, William J. 2005 Now you see it, now you don’t: Imagic diagrams in the spatial mapping of signed (JSL) discourseOutside-In — Inside-Out, Maeder, Costantino, Olga Fischer and William J. Herlofsky (eds.), pp. 323–345 | Article
Herlofsky, William J., Costantino Maeder and Olga Fischer 2005 Introduction: Iconicity in-side-outOutside-In — Inside-Out, Maeder, Costantino, Olga Fischer and William J. Herlofsky (eds.), pp. 1–12 | Miscellaneous
Herlofsky, William J. 2001 Good probes: Icons, anaphors, and the evolution of languageThe Motivated Sign, Fischer, Olga and Max Nänny (eds.), pp. 55–66 | Article