Encyclopedic dictionary of semiotics, media, and communications /

Main Author: Danesi, Marcel, 1946-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2000.
Series: Toronto studies in semiotics.
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Danesi (Univ. of Toronto) takes an interdisciplinary approach to semiotics and communication theory, including terms and individuals from overlapping fields such as art, anthropology, literature, psychology, and computer science. All terms selected are covered by the umbrella of the human search for meaning. Since this dictionary is aimed at beginners, the definitions are brief, focused, and relatively free of specialized jargon; even Peirce's complicated theory of signs is described in a straightforward manner. Many definitions include illustrations of usage in context, and notes provide additional historical background and further examples. Numerous cross-references are provided, as are basic etymologies. Students will find this volume both handy and a bargain. Recommended for collections supporting course work in linguistics and communication studies. S. L. Nesbeitt Bridgewater State College

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