Dictionary Of Symbols by Carl G LiungmanDictionary Of Symbols by Carl G Liungman

Dictionary Of Symbols

byCarl G Liungman

Paperback | October 4, 1994

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From early cave drawings to modern corporate logos, graphic symbols have been used to convey meanings both tangible and abstract. In this unique dictionary, Carl G. Liungman puts approximately 2,500 Western graphic symbols at your fingertips. Each entry includes the sign's history, its meanings, and the systems in which it is used. Symbols are cross-referenced to other signs with the same meanings and to structurally similar signs with different meanings. Locating an entry is as easy as looking up a word in a dictionary, due to a system that classifies each sign on the basis of three of its structural features.

Enhancing the dictionary is a series of fascinating discussions of various aspects of ideograms. These include a discussion of signs and meanings, an overview of the historical development of signs, as well as sections on ancient American ideograms, the astrological system of symbols, the mystical pentagram, and the signs of the alchemists. Two indexes aid the reader. The Word Index specifies signs with a given name or meaning, along with subject headings. The Graphic Index displays symbols based on their structural features.

Dictionary of Symbols serves both as a valuable reference on Western cultural history and as a professional tool for those working in design and the arts.
Carl G. Liungman is a Swedish scholar and author.
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Title:Dictionary Of SymbolsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 9.23 × 6.11 × 0.96 inPublished:October 4, 1994Publisher:WW Norton

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ISBN - 10:0393312364

ISBN - 13:9780393312362

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We live in a world of information with words and graphic symbols floating in our fields of vision every day and everywhere we go. Carl G. Liungman identifies and defines more than 2,000 symbols prevalent in Western society, explaining the meanings and history for each as well as the systems to which they belong. The entries in the Dictionary of Symbols appear in order according to three structural elements. There's even corresponding definitions to symbols that look like another, but mean something different, as well as those that look different but signify the same thing.

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This book will certainly become one of the key sources for tracing symbols and their meanings. — American Libraries