LINGUIST List 16.765

Mon Mar 14 2005

Books: Semantics/Socioling: van Leeuwen

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        1.    Dylan Maiden, Introducing Social Semiotics: van Leeuwen

Message 1: Introducing Social Semiotics: van Leeuwen

Date: 10-Mar-2005
From: Dylan Maiden <>
Subject: Introducing Social Semiotics: van Leeuwen

Title: Introducing Social Semiotics
Published: 2004
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)

Author: Theo van Leeuwen
Hardback: ISBN: 0415249430 Pages: 336 Price: U.S. $ 96.95
Paperback: ISBN: 0415249449 Pages: 336 Price: U.S. $ 29.95

Social Semiotics is a lively introduction to the ways in which different
aspects of modern society combine to create meaning. These 'semiotic
resources' surrounding us include obvious modes of communication such as
language, gesture, images and music, but also less obvious ones such as
food, dress and everyday objects, all of which carry cultural value and

Social Semiotics uses a wide variety of texts including photographs,
adverts, magazine pages and film stills to explain how meaning is created
through complex semiotic interactions. Practical exercises and examples-as
wide ranging as furniture arrangements in public places, advertising
jingles, photojournalism, and the rhythm of a rapper's speech-provide
readers with the knowledge and skills they need to be able to analyze and
also produce successful multimodal texts and designs.

The book traces the development of semiotic resources through particular
channels such as the history of the press and advertising; and explores how
and why these resources change over time, for reasons such as advancing

Featuring a full glossary of terms, exercises, discussion points and
suggestions for further reading, Social Semiotics makes concrete the
complexities of meaning making and is essential reading for anyone
interested in how communication works.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Written In: English (ENG )

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