Signs / Edition 2

Signs / Edition 2

by Thomas A. Sebeok
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802084729

ISBN-13: 9780802084729

Pub. Date: 12/01/2001

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

The interpretive science of semiotics offers powerful analytical tools for the application of many disciplines to the study of perception. Semiotics is the study of signs, and as such, is of relevance to a wide spectrum of scholars and professionals, including social scientists, psychologists, artists, graphic designers, and students of literature. Semiosis - the

Overview

The interpretive science of semiotics offers powerful analytical tools for the application of many disciplines to the study of perception. Semiotics is the study of signs, and as such, is of relevance to a wide spectrum of scholars and professionals, including social scientists, psychologists, artists, graphic designers, and students of literature. Semiosis - the production and interpretation of linguistic and visual signs - is innate to human beings of all societies. From the simplest of hand gestures to the most complex diagrams and charts, the sign is key to the communication of ideas. Thomas A. Sebeok examines, in an engaging, readable style, how the sign mediates between bodily experience and abstract thought.

This updated second edition of Signs combines some of Sebeok's most important essays with a new general introduction, introductory passages at the outset of each chapter, a glossary, and brief biographies of the major semioticians. From an overview of the discipline to a more detailed exploration of sign categories, the author powerfully demonstrates the co-dependency of verbal and non-verbal communication.

Aimed primarily at undergraduate and graduate students, this engaging book also has plenty to offer any general reader who is interested in exploring and analyzing the complex sign systems we so often take for granted.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802084729
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press
Publication date:
12/01/2001
Series:
Toronto Studies in Semiotics and Communication Series
Edition description:
Second edition
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionix
Foreword: Thomas A. Sebeok and Semioticsxi
1Basic Notions3
The Object of Semiotics4
Defining the Sign5
Structural Properties6
Semiosis and Representation8
Types of Signs8
Nonverbal Communication11
2The Study of Signs25
A Biological Approach to the Study of Signs27
Messages31
The Sign32
Signs and 'Reality'36
3Six Species of Signs39
General Features of Signs39
Six Species of Signs42
Signal44
Symptom46
Icon50
Index53
Symbol55
Name59
On the Being, Behaving, and Becoming of Signs61
4Symptom Signs65
The Meaning of Symptom66
The Peircean View70
Symptoms and the Medical Origins of Semiotics72
Interpreting Symptoms76
5Indexical Signs83
Indexicality84
Features of Indexicality87
Manifestations of Indexicality92
The Study of Indexicality96
6Iconic Signs103
Iconicity103
The Incidence of Iconicity105
Features of Iconicity107
The Study of Iconicity110
7Fetish Signs115
The Origin of Fetishism as 'Deviation'116
The Fetish in Psychology and Sexology117
The Fetish in Semiotics123
8Language Signs127
The Study of the Verbal Sign128
Verbal and Nonverbal Signing135
9Language as a Primary Modelling System?139
Modelling System140
Uexkull's Model Revisited143
Language as a Modelling System146
Concluding Remarks148
Glossary151
Bibliography159
Index187

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