case western reserve university


Per Aage Brandt
Ph.D., University of Copenhagen
Doctorat d'Etat, Sorbonne I, Paris


Contact Information
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106

Websites: Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Chairman

Department of Cognitive Sciences, Professor

Laboratory of Applied Research in Cognitive Semiotics, Director



Trained in Romance Philology, Linguistics, Comparative Literature, specialized in structural linguistics and structural semantics, later in cognitive semiotics and cognitive poetics. In general and Romance linguistics, he has made contributions to grammar and elaborated a semantic parsing model: stemmatic syntax . In the field of text theory and analysis, he has made significant contributions to the study of enunciation, diegesis, modality, dynamic schematisms, mental spaces and conceptual integration.

He is the author of a dozen of academic books and some two hundred fifty published articles in semiotics, semantics, linguistics, poetics, literary criticism, aesthetics, musicology, and philosophy. He has translated classical and modern literature and philosophy (espec. French, Spanish). He is the author of 28 volumes of poetry, the founder of the journal of poetry Banana Split and co-founder (1987) of the School of Writers, Copenhagen.

In 2002, he was awarded the Grand Prix de Philosophie by l'Académie française and was made Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.


1971-1972 Research Scholarship, University of Copenhagen

1972-1975 Associate Professorate. University Center of Roskilde

1975-1993 Associate Professorate, University of Aarhus

1993-1998 Research Professorate, Research Director Center for Semiotics, University of Aarhus

1998-2005 Full Professorate, University of Aarhus

2005-Present Emile B. de Sauzé Professor, Chair of the Dept. of Modern Languages, app. Dept. of Cognitive Science, CWRU


La Charpente modale du sens, John Benjamins, Amsterdam 1992

Dynamiques du sens, Aarhus University Press 1994

Morphologies of Meaning, Aarhus University Press 1995

Spaces, Domains, and Meaning, European Semiotics, 4, Peter Lang Verlag, Berne 2004


2001-2002  Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford, California).

1990          Guest Professor, École des Hautes Études and Collège International de Philosophie, Paris

1989          Guest Lecturer, University of Bologna; Harvard University, Cambridge; University of Louvain, Belgium; University of Rosario, Argentina.

1988-98     Organizer of the network of European Student exchange Erasmus/Socrates in Semiotics.

1983-present  Associate of Centro Internazionale di Semiotica e di Linguistica, Univeristy of Urbino, Italy, organizer of yearly conferences on a broad range of literary, linguistic, and cultural subjects.

1972-1994   Member of Groupe de Recherches Sémio-linguistiques, EHESS, Paris.

1975-1985   Co-founder of the international research group SIGMA.

1967–          Founding editor of scholarly journals Poetik (1967), Poetica et Analytica (1973), Semiotik (1980), Almen Semiotik (1989), and Banana Split (poetry in translation, 1990-).




2002    Grand Prix de Philosophie de l’Académie française (“pour l’ensemble de son oeuvre”).

2004    Officer of the Order of the Dannebrog (decorated personally by the Queen of Denmark, “in appreciation of his work in translating from French to Danish and from Danish to French”).

2002     Officier de l’Ordre des arts et des lettres  (awarded by the French Minister of Education,“In appreciation of his work in translating from French to Danish and from Danish to French.”)

1994     Prize aw. by the Danish National Fund for the Endowment of the Arts.

1993     The Aarestrup Medal of Poetry, awarded by the Minister of Culture of Denmark "in appreciation of his poetic oeuvre".

1971     Prize aw. by the Danish National Fund for the Endowment of the Arts.



(well over two hundred publications in Danish, French, Spanish, German, English, and Italian; a partial list follows)


Books in English, French, Spanish:

2004                Spaces, Domains, and Meaning. Essays in Cognitive Semiotics, Bern: Peter Lang Verlag

1998                The Roman Jakobson Centennial Symposium, ed. Brandt, Acta Linguistica Hafniensia, No. 29, Copenhagen

1995                Morphologies of Meaning, Aarhus: Aarhus University Press

1994                Dynamiques du sens, Aarhus: Aarhus University Press

1992                La Charpente modale du sens. Pour une sémiolinguistique morpho-génétique et dynamique, Amsterdam, New York: John Benjamins

1991                Qu'est-ce qu'une promesse?, Paris VII Conference Proceedings ed. Brandt, Aarhus University Press

1990                Semiosis — Per Aage Brandt, special issue in Spanish on the author, No. 25, ed. A. Bundgaard, Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico

1989                Linguistique et sémiotique : Actualité de Viggo Brøndal, Conf. Proceedings ed. Brandt, Travaux du Cercle Linguistique de Copenhague XXII

1985                Recherches sémiotiques (1971-1984), Aarhus: Dept. of Romance Studies

1973                L'analyse phrastique. Introduction à la grammatique, Bruxelles, Paris: AIMAV


Books in Danish:

2004       Homunculus [essays on art], Aarhus, Center for Semiotics

2002       Det menneskeligt virkelige [Human Reality], Copenhagen: Rævens Sorte Bibliotek

1998       Tegn, ting og tanker. Semiotiske essays [Signs, Things, and Thoughts. Essays in Semiotics], Copenhagen: Basilisk Sigma

1991       Mere byrde til kulturen! [More Load on Culture!], Copenhagen: Rævens Sorte Bibliotek

1989       Den brændende fornuft. Essays [Burning Reason], Copenhagen: Munksgaard

1986       Sky og krystal - træk af en postmoderne erkendelse [Cloud and Crystal - Aspects of Postmodern Thinking], Copenhagen: Rævens Sorte Bibliotek

1984       Kærlighedens semiotik [Semiotics off Love], Aarhus: Sjakalen

1983       Sandheden, sætningen og døden. Semiotiske aspekter af kulturanalysen Truth, Sentence, and Death. Semiotic Aspects of Cultural Analysis], Copenhagen: Basilisk

1980       Den talende krop [The Speaking Body], Copenhagen: Rhodos

1974a     Tegn Sætning Subjekt [Sign Utterance Subject], Aarhus: GMT

1974b     Arkitekturens praksis [The Practice of Architecture], co-authored, Copenhagen: Borgen

1972       Tekstens teater [the Theatre of the Text], Copenhagen: Borgen


Major translations into Danish from French, Porrtuguese, Spanish, German, Latin:

2003       Molière, Dom Juan

1999       H. Michaux, Selected Poems

1998a     Hartleben/Schönberg, Pierrot lunaire

1998b     N. Júdice, Water Lines      

1998c      B.M. Koltès, The West Quay

1996a     Molière, The Learned Ladies

1996b     S. Belbel, Caresses

1995       F. Nietzsche, Dithyrambs of Dionysos

1994       P. Calderón, Life is a Dream

1992       M. Serres, The Natural Contract

1991       F. Garcia Lorca, Bitter Oleander

1989a     J. Testart, The Transparent Egg

1989b     E. Jabès, The Book of Questions

1988       A.J. Greimas & J. Courtés, Semiotics. A Dictionary of the Theory of Language

1987       "Something/Black". ANthology of New French Poetry

1986       G. Bataille, The Story of the Eye (republ. 1999 with Madame Edwarda)

1985       Fr. Jacob, The Play of Possibilities

1984       M. Serres, Genesis (republ. and revid. 1998)

1983       J. L. Borges – Anthology

1979       D.A.F. de Sade, Justine or the Hardship of Virtue

1974       J. Lacan, The Unconscious Language, selected writings

1972       G. Bataille, Inner Experience

1970       J. Derrida, Of Grammatology

1969       M. Merleau-Ponty, Signs  (republ. and revid. 1999)

1968       A. G. Baumgarten, Philosophical Reflections on Poetry


An abbreviated  list of peer-reviewed and publishedarticles

2004       "Toward a Cognitive Semiotics", key note article in (ed.) Pierre Fastrez, Recherches en Communication, 19, Dossier Cognitive Semiotics, Université catholique de Louvain

2003a     "Mental Space Networks and Linguistic Integration", in Cognitive Linguistics in Spain at the Turn of the Century (I), ed. J. Marín Arrese et al., AELCO, Madrid

2003b     "From Gesture to Theatricality, CISL-kollokviet "Le corps et ses mises en scène", Theoria et Historia Scientiarum, volume VII, No. 1, 'Embodiment and Awareness. Perspectives from Phenomenology and Cognitive Science', ed. Natalie Depraz & Shaun Gallagher.

2002a     "Qu’est-ce que l’énonciation?", in (ed.) A. Hénault, Questions de sémiotique, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France

2002b     "What is music?" Key note lecture at the 13 Nordic Musicology Conference, University of Aarhus, in French and Spanish in: spansk i Doce Notas Preliminares No. 10, Madrid critique et une reconstruction", Il Circolo Glossematico, Univ. di Padova, red. Romeo Galassi &   M. De Michiel: “Louis Hjelmslev a cent’anni dalla nascita”, JANUS nr. 2., Imprimitur, Padova

2000        "The Architecture of Semantic Domains. A Grounding Hypothesis in Cognitive Semiotics", R evista Portuguesa de Humanidades, Vol. 4, 1-2, 2, Faculdade de Filosofia da U.C.P., Braga.

1999         "Magritte — le théâtre robuste de la variation imaginaire", in: (ed.) N. Everaert-Desmedt:Magritte  au risque de la sémiotique, Publications des  Facultés universitaires Saint-Louis, Bruxelles.

1998         "Cats in Space. Baudelaire's "Les chats" read by Jakobson and Lévi-Strauss, Acta Linguistica Hafniensia, No. 29, Copenhagen

1997         "Language in a cognitive and semiotic framework", International Journal of  Communication, Vol. VII No. 1-2, 1997, New Delhi: Ed. Bahri

1996a       "Morphogenèse et rationalité. Réflexions sur le baroque", in: Puissance du Baroque. Les forces, les formes, les rationalités", Paris: Editions Galilée

1996b       "What's new? - 50.000 years of Modernism", in: 'The Modern Subject', University of Bergen

1995         "The grounds of schematism", BLIcK (Bremer Linguistisches Kolloquium), Band 6, 'Studien zur Phonologie, Grammatik, Sprachphilosophie und Semiotik', red. K. H. Wagner & W. Wildgen, Universität Bremen

1994         "Pour une phrastique intégrale", Sémiotiques, 6-7, 'Linguistique cognitive et modèles dynamiques', Paris: Ed. Didier

1993         "De la linguistique structurelle à la linguistique cognitive. Avec  Hjelmslev". In: (ed. M. Rasmussen), 'Louis Hjelmslev et la sémiotique contemporaine'. TCLC 24, Copenhagen

1992a        "La struttura modale del tempo. Un'analisi discorsiva, dinamica e localista",  Carte Semiotiche, 2, Bologna

1992b        "Metaphor and Motivation. A semiotic approach", in Proceedings of the Seminar Motivation in Language', org. Centro Internazionale di Studi Semiotici e Cognitivi, Università di San Marino

1991         "Signe et inférence". Versus, nr. 54, (ed. I. Pezzini), Rome

1990         "The Dynamics of Modality: a catastrophe analysis", RSSI (Recherche Sémiotiques/Semiotic              Inquiry), Vol. 9, nr. 1-2-3, Université du Québec à Montréal

1989a        "Quantity in Iconicity. Esthetics and the Peircean Sign", C. S. Peirce Sesquicentennial   International Congress", Harvard , Cambridge, Mass.

1989b        "Agonistique et analyse dynamique catastrophiste du modal et de l'aspectuel. Quelques  remarques sur la linguistique cognitive de L. Talmy". Semiotica, (special issue ed. Pierre Ouellet), 77-1/3

1988          "Las formas simples de la interacción", Estudios Semióticos, 15, Barcelona

1987           “Esquisse d'une sémiotique de la tonalité," in: 'La musique comme langage (II)', Degrés, no. 53   (ed. Eero Tarasti).

1986          "Der Semiotische Aufbau der Welt", Zeitschrift für Semiotik, 10, 1-2, Tübingen1

1986           Sémiotique. Dictionnaire raisonné de la théorie du langage, II, (red. A.-J. Greimas), entries  Aspectualisation, Condition, Convention, Fiction,  Fonctif, Ironie, Isotopie, Monde possible, Passion, Groupe, Paris: Ed.Hachette

1984          "Fragment d'une analyse modale de l'éthique aristotélicienne", Actes  Sémiotiques - Bulletin, VII, 31, E.H.E.S.S., Paris

1983           "Echanges et narrativité", in:(ed.) M. Arrivé & J.-Cl. Coquet, Sémiotique en  jeu, Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins

1982          "Quelques remarques sur la véridiction", Actes Sémiotiques Documents, IV, 31, E.H.E.S.S., Paris.

1980a        "Oralité et subjectivité", in: Oralità. Cultura, letteratura, discorso, (red.) Bruno Gentili, Giuseppe Paioni, Ed. dell'Ateneo, Rome       

1980b         "Polémique et subjectivité" in: Le Discours polémique, Centre de Recherches  linguistiques et sémiologiques de Lyon, Presses universitaires de Lyon

1978       " La diégesis, estructura y proceso de la ficción" In: Lingüística y Literatura, red. Renato Prada Oropeza, Texto Crítico, Cuadernos no. 6, Universidad   Veracruzana, Mexico

1975       "Seymour sliced the salami with a knife" [G. Lakoff], Papir I-3, Copenhagen

1973a     "Grammaire textuelle et problématique du sujet", Le Discours social, 3-4, 'Socialité de l'écriture', Paris

1973b     "La Chanson de l'exil, ou l'euphorie du contrat", Lingua e Stile VIII-3, Bologna

1972a     "The White-haired Generator" [A. Breton], Poetics 6, Haag

1972b     "Dom Juan ou la force de la parole", Poétique 12, Paris

1971       "Proposition, Narration, Texte", Documents 4, C.I.S.L. University of Urbino