This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."
Using both verbal and nonverbal techniques to make its messages as persuasive as possible, advertising has become an integral component of modern-day social discourse designed to influence attitudes and lifestyle behaviors by covertly suggesting how we can best satisfy our innermost urges and aspirations through consumption. This book looks at the categories of this form of discourse from the standpoint of semiotic analysis. It deals with the signifying processes that underlie advertising messages in print, electronic, and digital form.
From the contents
CHAPTER I: ADVERTISING AS SOCIAL DISCOURSE 1.1 A schematic history of advertising 1.2 The semiotic approach to advertising 1.3 The role of semiotics in the advertising debate 1.4 Elements of semiotic analysis
CHAPTER II: CREATING RECOGNIZABILITY FOR THE PRODUCT 2.1 Creating a signification system 2.2 Creating textuality 2.3 Using multiple media 2.4 Ad campaigns