First published in 1987, this book is an attempt to re-establish semiotic on the basis of principles consistent with its past history, rather than the ‘cultural semiotics’ of the European tradition, and especially with the guiding ideas of Peirce and Morris. The book is divided into two parts, with the first two chapters providing the background for the more systematic discussions of signs at different levels taken up in the last three. In the final chapter issues that have become the focus of recent philosophy of language regarding the reference, meaning, and truth of sentences are discussed in light of the analogies to more primitive signs developed in the preceding two chapters.
Preface; 1 Introduction; 1.1 Logical analysis 1.2 Ordinary language description 1.3 The role of semiotic; 2 History of semiotic; 2.1 The Classical tradition 2.2 Augustine and his successors 2.3 Peirce and Saussure 2.4 Behavioural semiotic 2.5 Semiotic’s critics; 3 Natural signs; 3.1 Signs and evidence 3.2 Images 3.3 Natsigns: some basic features 3.4 Dynamic interpretation; 4 Communication; 4.1 Communicative intent 4.2 Conventional signs 4.3 Signals 4.4 Features of communicative systems; 5 Language; 5.1 The role of subjects 5.2 Denotation and reference 5.3 Meaning, truth and illocutionary force 5.4 Addresses 5.5 Discourse; Postscript; Notes; Name Index; Subject Index
Semantics and semiology are two of the most important branches of linguistics and have proven to be fecund areas for research. They examine language structures and how they are dictated by both the meanings and forms of communication employed — semantics by focusing on the denotation of words and fixed word combinations, and semiology by studying sign and sign processes. As numerous interrelated fields connect to and sub-disciplines branch off from these major spheres, they are essential to a thorough grounding in linguistics and crucial for further study.
‘Routledge Library Editions: Semantics and Semiology’ collects together wide-ranging works of scholarship that together provide a comprehensive overview of the preceding theoretical landscape, and expand and extend it in numerous directions. A number of interrelated disciplines are also discussed in conjunction with semantics and semiology such as anaphora, pragmatics, syntax, discourse analysis and the philosophy of language. This set reissues 14 books originally published between 1960 to 2000 and will be of interest to students of linguistics and the philosophy of language.