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Signs : An Introduction to Semiotics

Sebeok, Thomas A.

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ISBN 10: 0802084729 / ISBN 13: 9780802084729
Published by University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 2001
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Green pictorial laminated wraps. xvi + 193pp. Owner name/date inside front wrap; otherwise unmarked. Sebeok documents the manifestations of semiosis in vastly different species (from termites to humans) and concludes that the ability to manufacture signs is a basic survival strategy in all life forms. Bookseller Inventory # 004205

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Title: Signs : An Introduction to Semiotics

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Toronto

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 2nd Edition

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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.

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Thomas A. Sebeok is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Semiotics at Indiana University. He has written numerous articles and books, and is world-renowned as an authority on semiotics.

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