Semiotics: The Basics / Edition 1

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Following the success of the first edition, Semiotics: the Basics has been revised to include new material on the development of semiotics from Saussure to contemporary socio-semiotics. This second edition is fully updated with an extended index, glossary and further reading section, Using jargon-free language and lively up-to-date examples, this book demystifies this highly interdisciplinary subject and addresses questions such as: What is a sign? Which codes do we take for granted? What is a text? How can semiotics be used in textual analysis? Who are Saussure, Peirce, Barthes and Jakobson - and why are they important? The new edition of Semiotics: the Basics provides an interesting and accessible introduction to this field of study, and is a must-have for anyone coming to semiotics for the first time.

About the Author:
Daniel Chandler is a Lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth

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Editorial Reviews

Guy Cook
This is the best introduction to semiotics I have read. Comprehensive, accessible and interesting, it is an invaluable resource for both beginners and more advanced students.
Donald J. Cunningham
It is no small task to present semiotics in a manner that makes it accessible to the beginning student, and Chandler achieves this, describing difficult concepts clearly and thoroughly.
Tony Thwaites
This book introduces a growing area of investigation with humor and insight. Eclectic rather than dogmatic, this is a book students should know about.
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'A very useful book, not only for those who wish to find out about semiotics, but also for those interested in finding out how language or any other sign system is far from being a neutral means of communication.' - Juan A. Prieto-Pablos, University of Seville, Spain

'The book is well written and up-to-date, without unnecassary verbosity or jargon, and yet reflects the complexity of the field and its problems.' - Journal of Pragmatics

'This an excellent basic introduction to the subject, with a good glossary, an index, and a list of further reading.' -

'Chandler's Semiotics: The Basics is an outstanding introduction to the field for students new to cultural studies. It is an ideal classroom text, and it covers a great deal of ground quickly while avoiding oversimplification or a specific and narrow agenda... There is no better introduction to semiotics anywhere.' - Professor Gregory Eiselein, Kansas State University, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415265935
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Series: Basics Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Chandler is a Lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Introduction 1
1 Models of the sign 17
2 Signs and things 55
3 Analysing structures 79
4 Challenging the literal 123
5 Codes 147
6 Textual interactions 175
7 Limitations and strengths 207
Going further 221
Glossary 223
References 247
Index 263
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