Featured Linguist!

Jost Gippert: Our Featured Linguist!

"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



Donate Now | Visit the Fund Drive Homepage

Amount Raised:

$34513

Still Needed:

$40487

Can anyone overtake Syntax in the Subfield Challenge ?

Grad School Challenge Leader: University of Washington


Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

What is English? And Why Should We Care?

By: Tim William Machan

To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Medical Writing in Early Modern English

Edited by Irma Taavitsainen and Paivi Pahta

This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.


Book Information

   

Title: Semiotics at the Circus
Written By: Paul Bouissac
URL: http://www.degruyter.com/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110218299-1
Series Title: Semiotics, Communication and Cognition
Description:

Semiotics is long on theoretical, often obscure discourses, but short on
applications that demonstrate with clarity the applicability of its
methods. This book confronts a challenging object, the circus, and
endeavors to describe its performances in ways that explain how circus acts
produce meaning and cause a deep emotional involvement for their audiences.
The approach is not top-down, such as would be a method that would
dogmatically apply a particular theory to fully explain the phenomena in
terms of this theory alone. Epistemologically, this book is an example of
the bottom-up strategy, which consists of considering first the objects and
heuristically calling upon methodological resources in a broad theoretical
array to come to grips with the problems that are encountered. Any circus
act is a complex event that has cognitive and emotional dimensions. It is
also a part of a history and an institution, and cannot be abstracted from
its cultural and sociological contexts. Thus the range of relevant
theoretical and methodological approaches must include structural
semiotics, biosemiotics, pragmatics, socio-semiotics, cultural
anthropology, the cognitive sciences, the psychology and sociology of
emotions, to name only the most important. But the ultimate focus of this
book is to enable the readers to better understand the meaning of circus
performances and to appreciate the skills and creativity of this
traditional popular art, which constantly renews itself from generation to
generation.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
Review: Not available for review. If you would like to review a book on The LINGUIST List, please login to view the AFR list.
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
History of Linguistics
Semiotics
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Versions:
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110218312
Pages: 197
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95
 
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110218299
Pages: 197
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95