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Global Semiotics : ADVANCES IN SEMIOTICS - Thomas A. Sebeok

Global Semiotics

ADVANCES IN SEMIOTICS

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Published: 19th September 2001
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The study of semiotics underwent a gradual but radical paradigm shift during the past century, from a glottocentric (language-centered) enterprise to one that encompasses the whole terrestrial biosphere. In this collection of 17 essays, Thomas A. Sebeok, one of the seminal thinkers in the field, shows how this progression took place. His wide-ranging discussion of the evolution of the field covers many facets, including discussions of biosemiotics, semiotics as a bridge between the humanities and natural sciences, semiosis, nonverbal communication, cat and horse behavior, the semiotic self, and women in semiotics. This thorough account will appeal to seasoned scholars and neophytes alike.

Linguist, anthropologist, semiotician, and author/editor of hundreds of articles and books on a wide range of topics, Sebeok (emer., Indian Univ.) here offers 17 chapters dealing with the worldwide emergence and development of modern semiotics. The chapter topics range from global semiotics and the evolution of semiotics to nonverbal communication and women in semiotics; the author ends with three short chapters that strike out in new directions: Estonian Connection, My 'Short Happy Life' in Finno-Ugric Studies, and Uralic Studies and English for Hungarians at Indiana University, A Personal View. This comprehensive and scholarly work is complete with 14 pages of detailed notes and a thorough 30-page reference section. The study will be of use and value to those beginning a serious study of semiotics at the graduate level and to seasoned scholars.March 2002 -- W. B. Warde, Jr. * University of North Texas *

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Global Semioticsp. 1
The Evolution of Semiosisp. 17
Biosemiotics: Its Roots, Proliferation, and Prospectsp. 31
Galen in Medical Semioticsp. 44
Signs, Bridges, Originsp. 59
What Do We Know about Signifying Behavior in the Domestic Cat (Felis catus)?p. 74
"Give Me Another Horse"p. 97
Nonverbal Communicationp. 105
Intersemiotic Transmutations: A Genre of Hybrid Jokesp. 115
"Tell Me, Where Is Fancy Bred?": The Biosemiotic Selfp. 120
The Cognitive Self and the Virtual Selfp. 128
Some Reflections on Vico in Semioticsp. 135
Women in Semioticsp. 145
The Music of the Spheresp. 154
The Estonian Connectionp. 160
My "Short Happy Life" in Finno-Ugric Studiesp. 172
Uralic Studies and English for Hungarians at Indiana University: A Personal Viewp. 181
Notesp. 185
Referencesp. 199
Index of Namesp. 229
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ISBN: 9780253339577
ISBN-10: 025333957X
Series: ADVANCES IN SEMIOTICS
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 19th September 2001
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.6