Department: Modern Languages
Office: Old Main 227-B
Donna E. West is a Professor in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the State University of New York at Cortland (USA), teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Linguistics, Language Acquisition and Pedagogy, Cognitive Linguistics, and Spanish Phonology and Morphosyntax. For more than twenty-five years she has been presenting and publishing in the field of Semiotic studies using Peirce’s sign system, and has likewise drawn upon semiotic properties in the works of Karl Bühler and Jean Piaget. She is the first investigator to apply a Psycholinguistic developmental perspective to Peirce’s ten-fold division of signs; as such, her work offers empirical answers to phenomenological questions. Her 2013 book, Deictic Imaginings: Semiosis at Work and at Play, published by Springer-Verlag, investigates the role of Index in the acquisition of demonstratives and personal pronouns. She is currently co-editing an anthology – the first interdisciplinary treatment of Peirce’s notion of habit.
MA and Ph.D., Cornell University, Linguistics, 1986
Minors: Cognitive Developmental Psychology, Spanish Linguistics
Dissertation: The Acquisition of Person and Space Deictics.
MA Thesis: The Relationship between Cognitive Development and Person Pronoun Acquisition with Special Attention to Spanish.
BA, Roanoke College, Spanish, 1977
BOOKS, BOOK CHAPTERS, AND EDITORSHIPS
(In preparation) Index and Embodiment in the Abductive Turn, book proposal for Springer-Verlag
(In preparation) “Indexical Scaffolds to Habit-Formation,” to be included in Consensus on Peirce’s Concept of Habit.
(In preparation) “The ‘Presence’ of Peircean Habit in the Near Surround,” introduction (M. Anderson, co-author) in Consensus on Peirce’s Concept of Habit.
(Under Contract, Springer-Verlag) Consensus on Peirce’s Concept of Habit: Before and Beyond Consciousness, edited anthology (with Myrdene Anderson, Purdue University).
2015, “Germinating Abductions from Auditory Representations: A Peircean Developmental Approach”
2015, Memory and Semiotics, special issue of Southern Semiotic Review (Australia)
2014, “From Habit to Habituescence: Peirce’s Continuum of Ideas,” in J. Pelkey, ed., The SSA Annual: Semiotics 2013. Toronto: Legas Press, 117-126.
2014, “Hungering for Haecceity: The Influence of Secondness in Visual Schemas,” in J. Pelkey, ed., The SSA Annual: Semiotics 2013. Toronto: Legas Press, 247-256.
2013, Deictic Imaginings: Semiosis at Work and at Play. Heidelberg: Springer/Verlag.
Associate Editor, Journal of Christianity and Foreign Languages, 2000-2005
1995, “The mentally retarded defendant as interpretant: Semiosis of admissions.” In Consensus and Crossroads in Law, Roberta Kevelson (editor) New York, Peter Lang: 357-386.
(In preparation) “Landmark Utilization in the Operation of Perspective-Shifting: Insights and Foresights from Blind Children”
(Under review) “Recommendations as Imperative Propositions in the Operation of Abductive Reasoning: Peirce and Beyond,” Journal of Logics and their Applications.
(Under review) “Unconscious and Conscious Recursiveness: Inducements from Secondness,” Public Journal of Semiotics.
(Under review) “Early use of landmarks in emerging spatial parameters: Evidence from blind and sighted children,” Journal of Cognitive Science.
(In Press) “Individuating in the Dark: Diagrammatic Reasoning and Attentional Shifts,” Semiotica.
(In Press, October 2015) “The primacy of index in naming paradigms, Part II.” Respectus Philologicus.
(In Press) “Semiotic processing in Working Memory: The nuts and bolts of measurement.” Southern Semiotic Review.
2015, “The primacy of index in naming paradigms, Part I.” Respectus Philologicus 27(32), 23-32.
2015, “Embodied experience and the semiosis of abductive reasoning.” Southern Semiotic Review 5(1), 53-59.
2014, “Perspective Switching as Event Affordance: the Ontogeny of Abductive Reasoning.” Cognitive Semiotics 7(2), 149-175.
2014, “Piaget’s system of spatial logic: The semiosis of index,” Semiotica 202, 459-480.
2014, “Peirce’s matrix of individuation: The work of pronouns in attentional phenomena,” The American Journal of Semiotics 30(1), 159-172.
2014, “Assessing L2 lexical vs. inflectional accuracy across skill levels.” Journal of Psycholinguistic Research 43(5), 535-554. publication JPsyR 2013
2013, “Peirce’s naming paradigm: A comparison between nouns, pronouns and proper names,” The Public Journal of Semiotics 5(2), 31-46.
2013, Cognitive and linguistic underpinnings of deixis am phantasma: Bühler’s and Peirce’s semiotic. Sign Systems Studies 41(1), 21-41.
2013, The semiosis of indexical use: From degenerate to genuine. The American Journal of Semiotics 28(3-4), 301-323.
2012, “Indexical reference to absent objects.” Chinese Journal of Semiotic Studies 6(1), 280-296.
2012, “Peircean triadicity: Application to deictic use.” Chinese Journal of Semiotic Studies 7(1), 224-248.
2012, “Elicited imitation to measure morphemic accuracy: Evidence from L2 Spanish.” Language and Cognition 4(3), 203-222.
2011,“Deixis as a symbolic phenomenon.” Linguistik Online 50(6), 89-100.
2011, “Deictic use as a threshold for imaginative thinking: A Peircean perspective.” Social Semiotics 21(5), 665-682.
2010, “The role of proto morphemes in the emergence of speaker inflections: Evidence for L1 scaffolding in Spanish,” Hipertexto 12, pp. 189-205.
2010, “Person deictics and imagination: Their metaphoric use in representational play,” California Linguistic Notes, 35.1, Fullerton: California State University Fullerton.
PUBLICATIONS IN PROCEEDINGS VOLUMES
2014, “Semiotic assessment of language processing: Efficacy of the elicited imitation paradigm.” In H. Yu (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Association for Semiotic Studies Vol. 1, 136-149. Nanjing: Hohai University Press.
2014, “Lived experience as the basis for abductive reasoning: A Peircean developmental perspective.” In H. Yu, (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Association for Semiotic Studies Vol. 3, 229-235. Nanjing: Hohai University Press.
2013, “Habit as non-addiction: Mediation of mental signs,” in Semiotics 2012, Karen Haworth, Andrea Johnson, and Leonard Sbrocchi, eds. Toronto: Legas Press, 87-96.
2013, “The primacy of index in abductive reasoning: The case of inference in ontogeny,” Semiotics 2012, Karen Haworth, Andrea Johnson, and Leonard Sbrocchi, eds. Toronto: Legas Press, 169-180.
2012, “Measuring indexical competence: An experimental paradigm,” Semiotics 2011, Karen Haworth, Jason Hogue, and Leonard Sbrocchi, eds. Toronto: Legas Press: 247-253.
2012, “The semiosis of the degenerate index.” Semiotics 2011, Karen Haworth, Jason Hogue, and Leonard Sbrocchi, eds. Toronto: Legas Press: 240-246.
2011, “Indexical reference to absent objects: Extensions of the Peircean notion of index” Semiotics 2010, Karen Haworth, Jason Hogue, and Leonard Sbrocchi, eds. Toronto: Legas Press: 149-161.
2010, “Figurative deictic use: A semiotic analysis.” Semiotics 2009, T. Prewitt and K. Haworth (eds.), New York: University Press of America: 381-392.
1989, “Form and use differences in the acquisition of speech participant signifiers,” in Semiotics 1988, T. Prewitt and K. Haworth (eds.), New York: University Press of America: 38-47.
1988, “The critical function of tactile index in blind children’s use of deictics,” Semiotics 1987, John Deely (editor) New York: University Press of America: 128-141.