The role of context for Jurij Lotman. This paper aims to bring out and discuss Jurij Lotman's concept of " context " , appearing in his writings but which has not actually been examined by scholars. Against the use of " context " as a pass key, as an unitary, static and unquestionable background to invoke, like in the cliché " it depends on the context " , Lotman's definition of " context " is never an a priori; rather, it's the result of a multilevel analysis: the effect of translation processes between text and its contexts, namely types of heterogeneous systems as I) text-reader; II) text-other texts; III) text and different languages, styles or times of a culture, which are its " subtexts ". " Context " , in Lotman, is always a plural term, that define the " symbolic fruition " rising through these intersections. We'll try to provide a remarkable contribution to the topic comparing Lotman's vision on " context " with the current approach in semiotics and semantics.
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