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    The Biosemiotic Glossary Project: Umwelt.Morten Tønnessen, Riin Magnus & Carlo Brentari - 2016 - Biosemiotics 9 (1):129-149.
    This is the second article in a series of review articles addressing biosemiotic terminology. The biosemiotic glossary project is designed to integrate views of members within the biosemiotic community based on a standard survey and related publications. The methodology section describes the format of the survey conducted July–August 2014 in preparation of the current review and targeted on Jakob von Uexküll’s term ‘Umwelt’. Next, we summarize denotation, synonyms and antonyms, with special emphasis on the denotation of this term in current (...)
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    Ecosemiotic Analysis of Species Reintroduction: the Case of European Mink (Mustela lutreola) in Estonia.Riin Magnus & Nelly Mäekivi - 2023 - Biosemiotics 16 (2):239-258.
    Species conservation activities are gaining more attention in the context of environmental degradation. This article proposes to tackle different semiotic aspects of reintroduction as one possible way of furthering species conservation. More specifically, we aim to bring forth the strength of ecosemiotic perspective when dealing with such a complex matter with many different human and non-human subjects. We concentrate on animal agency, search and function tone, semiotic fitting and changes in umwelten when analysing the reintroduction process from the perspective of (...)
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    Time-plans of the organisms.Riin Magnus - 2011 - Sign Systems Studies 39 (2-4):37-56.
    The term “time-plan” is introduced in the article to sum up the diversity of temporal processes described by Jakob von Uexküll (1864–1944) in the frameworkof the general Planmässigkeit of nature. Although Uexküll hardly had any connections with his contemporary philosophies of time, the theme of the subjectivetimes and timing of the organisms forms an essential part of his umwelt theory. As an alternative to the dominance of evolutionary time in biological discussions, Uexküll took perceptual and developmental times of organisms as (...)
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    The Function, Formation and Development of Signs in the Guide Dog Team’s Work.Riin Magnus - 2014 - Biosemiotics 7 (3):447-463.
    Relying on interviews and fieldwork observations, the article investigates the choice of signs made by guide dogs and their visually impaired handlers while the team is on the move. It also explores the dependence of the choice of signs on specific functions of communication and examines the changes and development of sign usage throughout the team’s work. A significant part of the team’s communication appears to be related to retaining the communicative situation itself: to the establishment of intrateam contact; to (...)
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    Training guide dogs of the blind with the “phantom man” method: Historic background and semiotic footing.Riin Magnus - 2014 - Semiotica 2014 (198):181-204.
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    The Semiotic Challenges of Guide Dog Teams: the Experiences of German, Estonian and Swedish Guide Dog Users.Riin Magnus - 2016 - Biosemiotics 9 (2):267-285.
    Based on interviews with guide dog users from Sweden, Estonia and Germany and participatory observation of the teams’ work, the article discusses three kinds of semiotic challenges encountered by the guide dog teams: perceptual, sociocultural and communicative challenges. Perceptual challenges stem from a mismatch between affordances of the urban environment and perceptual and motoric abilities of the team. Sociocultural challenges pertain to the conflicting meanings that are attributed to dogs in different social contexts and to incompatible social norms. Challenges related (...)
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    Hybrid Natures — Ecosemiotic and Zoosemiotic Perspectives.Nelly Mäekivi & Riin Magnus - 2020 - Biosemiotics 13 (1):1-7.
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    Jakob von Uexküll Centre, since 1993.Riin Magnus, Timo Maran & Kalevi Kull - 2004 - Sign Systems Studies 32 (1-2):375-378.
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    Introduction.Lauri Linask & Riin Magnus - 2016 - Sign Systems Studies 44 (1-2):8-11.
    Introduction: Framing nature and culture.
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    Biosemiotics Achievement Award for the Year 2018.Maurita Harney & Riin Magnus - 2019 - Biosemiotics 12 (1):189-191.
    Established at the annual meeting of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies on July3rd 2014, in conjunction with Springer Publishing, publishers of the Society’s official journal, Biosemiotics,the Annual Biosemiotic Achievement Award seeks to recognize those papers published in the journal thatpresent novel and potentially important contributions to the ongoing project of biosemiotic research, itsscientific impact, and its future prospects. Here the winner of the Biosemiotics Achievement Award for 2018is announced: the award goes to Mirko Cerrone for his article ‘Umwelt and (...)
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    Exemplifying Umweltlehre Through One’s Own Life A Biography of Jakob von Uexküll by Florian Mildenberger.Riin Magnus & Kalevi Kull - 2009 - Biosemiotics 2 (1):121-125.
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    Grounding Biosemiotic Aesthetics: Extensions Back and Forward.Riin Magnus - 2022 - Biosemiotics 15 (1):41-45.
    Based on his previous elaborations on semiotic fitting, Kalevi Kull develops a relations-focused theory of beauty in the organic world. I will point to further strands of thought in the Western history of ideas that have introduced the convergence of the aesthetic and organic. The reflections of Immanuel Kant and the early romantics are foundational for these parallels, although not necessarily in concordance with the biocentric and biosemiotic stance of Kull. This comment also raises some questions related to the compatibility (...)
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    Organismide ajaplaanid.Riin Magnus - 2011 - Sign Systems Studies 39 (2/4):57-57.
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    The Philosophical Ancestors and Heirs of Jakob von Uexküll.Riin Magnus - 2021 - Biosemiotics 14 (1):227-231.
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    Biosemiotics Within and Without Biological Holism: A Semio-historical Analysis. [REVIEW]Riin Magnus - 2008 - Biosemiotics 1 (3):379-396.
    On the basis of a comparative analysis of the biosemiotic work of Jakob von Uexküll and of various theories on biological holism, this article takes a look at the question: what is the status of a semiotic approach in respect to a holistic one? The period from 1920 to 1940 was the peak-time of holistic theories, despite the fact that agreement on a unified and accepted set of holistic ideas was never reached. A variety of holisms, dependent on the cultural (...)
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