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The Semantics of Media : Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy - Jeff Ross

The Semantics of Media

Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy

By: Jeff Ross

Hardcover Published: 31st January 1997
ISBN: 9780792343899
Number Of Pages: 141

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Media are objects with content and character that we describe using in- phrases: in the story, in the picture, in the movie, in the dream... Like the propositional attitudes, these objects present a variety of hard problems for semantic and philosophical analysis. The Semantics of Media is an organized exploration of fundamental questions in the semantics of media.
The first three chapters set out a straightforward model within the possible-worlds framework, and consider how it might account for a range of notions applying to media generally: implicit vs. explicit content, propositional vs. individual content, causal vs. intentional content and the idea of a single World of the Medium.
The final three chapters examine ways of elaborating the model to cover a range of phenomena keyed to the functionality of particular forms of media. Chapter Four is a discussion of fiction and our apparent reference to fictional characters. Chapter Five deals with the phenomenon of viewpoint in pictorial media. Chapter Six is a study of interactions between users and characters of media centering on the puzzling case of seeing in films.
The Semantics of Media will be of interest to specialists in the fields of linguistics, philosophy and communications.

Acknowledgements
Media
Basic Propositional Content
Reflections on Content
With Reference to Characters
The Semantics of Viewpoint
The Semantics of Interaction
Notes
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780792343899
ISBN-10: 0792343891
Series: Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 141
Published: 31st January 1997
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.88