First published in 1982, this book looks at a wide variety of issues concerning the vast field of study that is ‘semiotics. It begins by tracing the beginnings of modern semiotics in the works two pioneering figures — Saussure and Peirce — in order to present fundamental assumptions, notions and distinctions which provide an essential background to the more recent developments. The author then goes on to look at Behavioural Semiotics, Luis Prieto’s idea of "l’Acte Semique", Austin’s theory of ‘Speech Acts’ and Searle’s elaborations, Barthes’ move away from philosophical and scientific approaches in his ideology of Socio-Cultural Signification, Functionalism and Axiomatic Functionalism, style as a form of communication, semiotics of the cinema, and communicative behaviour in non-human species.
Introduction; 1 A Background to Semiotics: Saussure and Peirce 2 Semiotics as a Behavioural Theory: Charles Morris 3 Semiotics as a Theory of "l’Acte Sémique": Luis Prieto 4 Semiotics as a Theory of "Speech Acts": Austin and Searle 5 Semiology as an Ideology of Socio-Cultural Signification: Roland Barthes 6 Semiology as a Theory of Semiological Systems and of Indices: Functionalism 7 An Integrated Theory of Semiotics: Axiomatic Functionalism 8 Semiotics as a Stylistic Theory: Bureau and Riffaterre 9 Semiotics of the Cinema: Chrisitan Metz 10 Zoo-Semiotics; References; 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.