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Handbook of Semiotics

Handbook of Semiotics

by Winfried Noth


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This is the most systematic discussion of semiotics yet published." —Choice

A bravura performance." —Thomas Sebeok

Nöth’s handbook is an outstanding encyclopedia that provides first-rate information on many facets of sign-related studies, research results, and applications." —Social Sciences in General

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253209597
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 09/22/1990
Series: Advances in Semiotics
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 302,274
Product dimensions: 7.04(w) x 10.08(h) x 1.24(d)

About the Author

WINFRIED NÖTH is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Kassel, Germany. Nöth is the author of several books and numerous articles in the fields of linguistics and the semiotics of art, literature, and the media.

Table of Contents

History and Classics of Modern Semiotics

Sign and Meaning
Sign — Meaning, Sense, and Reference — Semantics and Semiotics — Topology of Signs: Sign, Signal, Index — Symbol — Icon and Iconicity — Metaphor — Information

Semiosis, Code, and the Semiotic Field
Zoosemiotics, Ethology, and Semiogenesis — Communication and Semiosis — Function — Magic — Structure — System — Code — Teaching

Language and Language-Based Codes
Verbal Communication: Introduction — Language in a Semiotic Frame — Arbitrariness and Motivation: The Language Sign — Paralanguage — Writing — Universal Language — Sign Language — Language Substitutes

From Structuralism to Text Semiotics: Schools and Major Figures
Introduction — Structuralism, Poststructuralism, and Neostructuralism — Russian Formalism, Prague School, Soviet Semiotics — Barthes’s Text Semiotics — Greimas"s Structural Semantics and Text Semiotic Project — Kristeva’s Semanalysis — Eco

Text Semiotics: The Field
Text Semiotics: Introduction — Hermeneutics and Exegesis — Rhetoric and Stylistics — Literature — Poetry and Poeticalness — Theater and Drama — Narrative — Myth — Ideology — Theology

Nonverbal Communication
Nonverbal Communication: Introduction — Gesture, "Body Language," and Kinesics — Facial Signs — Gaze — Tactile Communication — Proxemics: The Semiotics of Space — Chronemics: The Semiotics of Time

Aesthetics and Visual Communication
Aesthetics — Music — Architecture — Objects — Image — Painting — Photography — Film — Comics — Advertising

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