THE LANGUAGE OF DOOR: A SEMIOTIC APPROACH

Abstract

Author(s): Song羹l ASLAN KARAKUL

Small doors, big doors, narrow doors, large doors, low doors, high doors, the doors which we have entered through and put everywhere since the early ages; the doors that are smaller than, equal to, extremely bigger than our height; the doors that are made of wood, iron, bronze; the doors that are simple, ornamental, magnificent, gorgeous; the doors that are both entry and exit; the doors that welcome in, are closed to our face, open to freedom, prison us: What did and will the doors, which we have done by our hand and close down ourselves, tell us throughout history? Neither an ant’s nest nor Fairy Sultan’s Palace has an importance if they do not have a door. Every door has a “language”. It tells something when you look at it. It has height, weight, color, polish, decoration, age, position, place and also experiences, witnesses, memories, secrets. It does not “open” easily to everyone. One should deserve “entry”. According to the intention in front of it, a door either shows itself straight or draws you deep. If a door is sure of your sincereness, it shows you its unseen nooks. Or it locks itself forty times and it cannot be cheated by any “open sesame!”

We will study “door” which is an important piece of space in the real or imaginary universe as an extralinguistic visual sign and try to find its meaning in the “semantic universe” by using different examples. We will study syntactic conjoinings of expression and content levels by finding signifier’s signified and their relations between them. By identifying denotations in surface structure and connotations in deep structure, we will try to reveal the fundamental meaning travelling through the world of values. In our research, we will on a large scale deploy semiotic approach.

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