LINGUIST List 7.1558

Sun Nov 3 1996

FYI: List on teaching ling,WWW semiotics course,O-Hayo Sensei

Editor for this issue: Ann Dizdar <>


  1. michael newman, new list on teaching lx
  2. Simpkins Scott Keith, WWW semiotics course
  3., O-Hayo Sensei #19 Now Available

Message 1: new list on teaching lx

Date: Sat, 02 Nov 1996 10:04:58 EST
From: michael newman <>
Subject: new list on teaching lx
I would like to announce the formation of a list concerned with the
teaching of linguistics. This list, "teach-ling," is a forum for the
exchange of ideas, materials, solutions to common problems, syllabi,
activities, etc. A particular emphasis of this list will be
supporting the use of active learning methods in teaching. Members
are welcome to post and respond to queries about problems and concerns
in teaching their linguistics courses, setting up syllabi, and
selecting texts and other materials.

Teach-ling is an unmoderated open list. To subscribe, just send a
message to saying

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Message 2: WWW semiotics course

Date: Sat, 02 Nov 1996 20:07:57 CST
From: Simpkins Scott Keith <>
Subject: WWW semiotics course

	I'm teaching a course sponsored by the Cyber Semiotic
Institute on the World Wide Web called "Critical Semiotics" that you
might find of interest. It is embedded in the web site of the
_Semiotic Review of Books_ located at (Please see the course
description below.)
	I'd appreciate it if you would bring it to the attention of
those who also might be interested and I encourage you
to send me your feedback about it at:

Scott Simpkins



Course Outline

1) The lingua franca of semioticians.


Selections from _Frontiers in Semiotics_, ed.s John Deely, Brooke
Williams, and Felicia Kruse (Bloomington: Indiana University Press,
1986); Umberto Eco, _A Theory of Semiotics_ (Bloomington: Indiana
University Press, 1979); John Deely, _Basics of Semiotics_
(Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1990).

2) Two extensive critiques of semiotics.


John Stewart, _Language as Articulate Contact: Toward A Post-Semiotic
Philosophy of Communication_ (Albany: State University Press of New
York, 1995); Robert Hodge and Gunther Kress, _Social Semiotics_
(Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1988).

3) The implications of codes.


Roland Barthes, _S/Z: An Essay_, Trans. Richard Miller (New York: Hill
and Wang, 1974).

4) The "problem" of controlling the decoder.


Umberto Eco, _The Role of the Reader: Explorations in the Semiotics of
Texts_ (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1979).

5) The limits of "system" and the authority of the encoder.


Umberto Eco, _The Limits of Interpretation_ (Bloomington: Indiana
University Press, 1990); Michel Foucault, "What is an Author?"; Roland
Barthes, "Textual Analysis: Poe's 'Valdemar'" and "From Work to Text."

6) Finite infinite semiosis


Scott Simpkins, "Reeling in the Signs: Unlimited Semiosis and the
Agenda of Literary Semiotics," _Versus: Quaderni di studi semiotici_
55/56, 2 (Gennaio-Agosto 1990), 153-173; Eco, _The Open Work_,
trans. Anna Cancogni (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1989).

7) Semiotics based on radical polysemy, structuration, and play.


Roland Barthes, "The Death of the Author"; Jean-Francois Lyotard,
_Libidinal Economy_, trans. Iain Hamilton Grant (Bloomington: Indiana
University Press, 1993); Jacques Derrida, "'I have forgotten my

8) Semiotic analysis of James Thurber's short story, "The Catbird
Seat," that draws upon and illustrates the points discussed in the
first seven lectures.

Reading: "The Catbird Seat."
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Message 3: O-Hayo Sensei #19 Now Available

Date: Sat, 02 Nov 1996 18:11:01 PST
From: <>
Subject: O-Hayo Sensei #19 Now Available
The current issue (11/1/96) of O-Hayo Sensei, the free bi-weekly
newsletter of teaching jobs in Japan, is now available. #19 includes
new positions in universities and conversation schools, JET info, and
classified ads.

The current issue is available free via e-mail as a text-only document
(about 40K), by sending a message with ONLY this EXACT text string in
the body:

 get issue 1996no19

to ONLY this address:

O-Hayo Sensei will be e-mailed back within a few hours.

Or, visit the WWW site for a preview:

Good luck!

Lynn Cullivan
Editor, O-Hayo Sensei
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