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"... not merely interesting and novel, but also exceedingly provocative and heuristically fertile." -The Review of Metaphysics "... essential reading for anyone interesting in... the new reader-centered forms of criticism." -Library Journal In this erudite and…

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"... the greatest contribution to [semiotics] since the pioneering work of C. S. Peirce and Charles Morris." -Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism "... draws on philosophy, linguistics, sociology, anthropology and aesthetics and refers to a wide range of…

Social Semiotics

by Robert Hodge

|October 3, 1988

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Semiotics was defined by Ferdinand de Saussure as "the science of the life of signs in society." Robert Hodge and Gunther Kress here confront the conceptual difficulties that have limited its growth as a field of inquiry and demonstrate how it can be integrated…

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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,…

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Ethnographic fieldwork and formal linguistic analysis have traditionally been thought to be diametrically opposed. In this provocative analysis Peter Manning argues that these methods of qualitative research are complementary. After examining the potential…

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Umberto Eco is known among academics for his literary and cultural theories, and to an enormous international audience through his novels The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum. Peter Bondanella offers the first comprehensive study in English of Eco's…

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"Eco wittily and enchantingly develops themes often touched on in his previous works, but he delves deeper into their complex nature... this collection can be read with pleasure by those unversed in semiotic theory." -Times Literary Supplement

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Semiotics - the study of the encoding of meaning - has so far been confined largely within the humanities, where it has forged a whole new way of understanding meaning and its construction. In this multidisciplinary study, Edwina Taborsky applies semiotic theory…

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Thirty high-level essays on various aspects of semiotics by Finnish, Estonian, and Hungarian scholars.

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"... fascinating throughout.... the book is recreative in the highest sense." -Arthur C. Danto, The New Republic "A gem for Holmes fans and armchair detectives with a penchant for logical reflection, and Peirce scholars." -Library Journal

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This is the third volume in Floyd Merrell's trilogy on semiotics focusing on Peirce's categories of Firstness, Secondness, and Thirdness. In this book the author argues that there are passageways linking the social sciences with the physical sciences, and signs…