Lecture by Masako Hiraga, April 6, 2007

Iconic Creativity in Haiku: A Linguistic Analysis of Basho’s Revisions

by Masako Hiraga, Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Linguistics Department, University of California, Berkeley

This presentation focuses on the styles of meaning creation by metaphor and iconicity in Basho’s haiku. The analysis particularly looks at the revising process of his two haiku texts, in terms of semantics, phonology, and orthography. Through a detailed analysis of the grammatical and rhetorical structure, local and global metaphors, background knowledge, sound patterns, and the use of kanji as a cognitive medium, it attempts to clarify how the principle of iconicity contributes to enhancing the music and image of the text in the revising process.

Friday, April 6, 2007
3:00-5:00pm, 370 Dwinelle Hall