Semiotics for Beginners

Paul Cobley Litza Jansz

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Semiotics for Beginners

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  • Title: Semiotics for Beginners
  • Author: Paul Cobley Litza Jansz
  • ISBN: 9781874166559
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Paperback
  • Why study signs This perennial question of philosophy is answered in the 20th century by the science of semiotics An animal s cry, poetry, the medical symptom, media messages, language disorders, architecture, marketing, body language all these, and , fall within the sphere of semiotics.Introducing Semiotics outlines the development of sign study from its classicalWhy study signs This perennial question of philosophy is answered in the 20th century by the science of semiotics An animal s cry, poetry, the medical symptom, media messages, language disorders, architecture, marketing, body language all these, and , fall within the sphere of semiotics.Introducing Semiotics outlines the development of sign study from its classical precursors to contemporary post structuralism Through Paul Cobley s incisive text and Litza Jansz s brilliant illustrations, this seminal introduction identifies the key semioticians and their work and explains the simple concepts behind difficult terms For anybody who wishes to know why signs are crucial to human existence and how we can begin to study systems of signification, this book is the place to start It is the perfect companion volume to Introducing Barthes.

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    1. Salma on said:

      سلسلة (أقدم لك) يصدرها المجلس الأعلى للثقافة بمصر هي بمثابة تعريف بسيط لفن من الفنون أو العلوم أو التيارات الفكرية أو العلماء أو الفلاسفة0السلسلة مصورة فهي عن طريق الرسوم تحاول تقريب المعلومات0و ابتدأت من هذه السلسة بكتاب: أقدم لك علم العلامات 0يتحدث الكتاب عن تاريخ علم العلا [...]

    2. Mike Jensen on said:

      The structure (it seems appropriate to begin with the structure) is to examine proto-semiotics followed by early and unsophisticated semiotics (i. e. Saussure), then chart its growth into the complex discipline it is today mostly by looking at how different countries have contributed uniquely to the field, then finish with some practical applications in advertising. This is a very sensible approach. It fails to do two things, however. It does not critique semiotic theory beyond what one generati [...]

    3. Viktoria on said:

      Изключително packed с информация, а някои от илюстрациите бяха страхотни.

    4. Wilde Sky on said:

      A basic illustrated guide to Semiotics.This book left me cold / confused - I'm not really sure whether this was due to my limited knowledge or the structure of the book (over complicating a simple idea).

    5. Éad on said:

      This book outlines the key figures in the development of semiotics, but given its length suffers somewhat from overloading the reader with information. The bits where it gave examples were great—it just needed more of those. That said, having read this book I feel encouraged to find out more on this subject. I particularly enjoyed the quite extensive section on Umberto Eco and was glad that he had the last word in the book.

    6. Sara Khan on said:

      can be quite difficult for beginners of critical theory but once you get the hang of it, it provides a perspicuous extension to the ideas of structuralism and post-structuralism

    7. Stephen on said:

      Is it possible to take seriously an introductory treatise on a serious subject like semiology when it is illustrated in the manner of comic books? Or is it intellectual snobbery to look askance at such a text, even if the pictures are clever and helpfully amplify the text? Wondering a bit about semiotics, I set myself the reading Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose." Rarely does an academic pause in the writing of learned tomes to write a novel with which to say "There! That is what I mean in my [...]

    8. Daniel Morgan on said:

      I didn't know much about semiotics before, so I have no idea if the text itself is accurate. However, I thought this was overall a very clear book. The author went through a lot of different theorists and broke down their ideas. I appreciated the use of graphics and illustrations to support the text - it especially helped because the topics themselves seem very abstract. However, I gave this book 4 stars because I wish it actually had more graphics. Specifically, I would have liked to have seen [...]

    9. Sophoula on said:

      I read this book over the course of a weekend. I thought it was superb. It is incredibly difficult to distill philosophy and I think Paul Cobley did a spectacular job. I thought that the illustrations by Litza Jansz were helpful, particularly the charts and graphs. The drawings also allow your brain to take a breather before continuing on to the next concept. Prior to reading this book, I thought I had a cursory, (at best), knowledge of semiotics. However, I realized that semiotics intersects an [...]

    10. Phoebe Macdonald on said:

      A brilliant beginner's guide to signs and how our brain interprets them. Worth the read if you're interested in art history and want to know why you think of certain things when you view an image. This was more about the psychology behind it as opposed to what specific symbols mean, but I preferred it that way.

    11. Sally Sugarman on said:

      Starting with Plato and Aristotle, the author and illustrator give a prehistory of the field. The history itself starts with Saussure and the signifier and the signified. The mental concepts are transcribed in speech and then in writing. Later on in the book there is information about how language evolved in humans. There may be signal systems among animals but they are quite different from what humans have developed. In some ways thinking about the process becomes more complex over time as vari [...]

    12. Julia on said:

      I love these little graphic Introducing books, and when I saw they had one on Semiotics I just had to have it. I first heard of semiotics in college when I was studying Film Theory. I really enjoyed the topic but had a hard time fully grasping the concept. If this book was available to me at the time I feel like I would of had a much easier time. Now, as I was reading this book, I am taking a course on Reading and Language Development for a Post-Bac and a lot of the content for that course tied [...]

    13. Melvyn on said:

      Could have done with more diagrams showing how the various concepts are interconnected, and fewer crudely drawn portraits and silly images that did not work either aesthetically or mnemonically. A glossary might have helped too. Still, quite a handy reference work listing the main protagonists and their ideas.

    14. Luke Davis on said:

      Despite a lot of negative reviews calling the book an overcomplication of a simple idea (semiotics is NOT simple), I found this thoroughly insightful and has opened my mind to a lot. This book should be taken as a primer rather than a compendium of some sort. More reading needs to be done to get even a decent perspective, historically or in a modern sense.

    15. Olha Khilobok on said:

      Finally, semiotics and semiology successfully distinguished. Clever and light guide as well as a good start for the personal semiotic trip.

    16. Rjyan on said:

      I wonder how many people on this site feel that books must be given a number of stars that reflect the writing itself (was it well-written or poorly written) and how many feel that you can give stars based on how inspiring or entertaining the book and its subject matter is as a whole? fwiw, I'm in the latter group. No offense to the author, who may have done a great job encapsulating the field of semiotics (or the illustrator who is carrying just as much weight here) but I don't feel more about [...]

    17. Matt on said:

      I love these illustrated guides to theory. The guides on Marx, the Englightenment, and Post-structuralist Feminist Theory are indispensable. When I saw this in the store, I knew I had to have it. It covers a lot of ground and will have some familiar faces for anyone who has studied language or literature in the twentieth century. You'll find Saussure, Pierce, the Russian Formalists, Derrida, Barthes, and Eco, but the potted histories filled in quite a few gaps for me. The focus on signs meant th [...]

    18. Daniel on said:

      Kuna mul ei sattunud vahepeal midagi huvitavat kätte, mõtlesin uuesti üle vaadata Paul Cobley "Juhatuse semiootikasse", et näha, kas ma saan seekord rohkemast aru. Paraku väga palju ei saanud. Ühest küljest on tegemist suurepärase ülevaatega kõikidest olulisematest semiootika uurimisvaldkondadest, aga teisest küljest on ta nõnda põgus, et enamik olulisest läheb kaduma. Muidugi ei saa seda kõike panna autori süüks, kuna nõnda laia teemat nõnda lühidalt lahata ongi võimatu, ag [...]

    19. Silvia on said:

      Este libro de Paul Cobley – Litza Janz, lo encontré espectacular, ya que explica algo tan genial, como es la Semiótica en palabras medianamente simples.Es interesantísimo este libro, porque te inserta al mundo de la semiótica y te da un paseo por diversos autores dedicados a esta materia, desde años remotos hasta hoy.La lectura que hice, yo creo que ha sido funcional, porque he buscado el para qué nos sirve la semiótica, entre otros apuntes que considero importantes.Porque la realidad l [...]

    20. Leonardo on said:

      No me gustó mucho, pero siempre tuve la inquietud de no haber hecho semiología en el CBC (a propósito: ¿por qué se seguirá llamando semiología y no semiótica, no atrasa un poco?) así que me alegro por haber sido iniciado en la materia. Es interesante, creo que toma varios temas. En particular me fue resonando toda la cuestión de significado, y valor de verdad, contradicción, en el sentido de lo que voy leyendo en paralelo en "Gödel, Escher, Bach".

    21. Azizah Zahra on said:

      It's really different when you read novel in english and read something like this. Bener-bener nguras otak buat mencerna kata-katanya -_-So far so good. Buku ini mengulas sejarah Semiotik dengan padat. (untungnya) buku ini buku bergambar. Jadi cukup asik buat dibaca. Kalo jenuh sama kata-kata bisa liat gambarnya hehe.Sekarang gue harus meringkas isi buku ini sebagai tinjauan pustaka skripsi gue :|

    22. S B on said:

      As a writer I'm very interested in the underlying symbolism and meanings of nonverbal language. In the modern world today signs are growing more and more important as a speedy quick way to express everything including emotions and to communicate quickly, effectively, and to a great number of people who may or may not understand the language you speak. This book explains the science of semiotics in clear print and excellent graphics. Really interesting.

    23. Icon Books on said:

      "Introducing Semiotics" outlines the development of sign study from its classical precursors to contemporary post-structuralism. Through Paul Cobley's incisive text and Litza Jansz's brilliant illustrations, it identifies the key semioticians and their work and explains the simple concepts behind difficult terms. For anybody who wishes to know why signs are crucial to human existence and how we can begin to study systems of signification, this book is the place to start.

    24. Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea on said:

      Wow. this has been by far the hardest introducing i've read. it's really quite full of stuff--good information and an understanding about semiotics--but i really felt jarred by the transitions. I feel like it could have been laid out differently and maybe been a bit smoother. Also, while the theory is definitely important, i felt like it lacked a certain historical context that i really like with this series. then again, maybe i just didn't get it and need to reread. Not right now though

    25. Nash on said:

      It is such a relief to see a comic-style academic book like this one! Well, I knew long time ago that I'm the visual type, meaning I learn by seeing images and stuff. So, this book helps a lot in explaining difficult semiotics' concept to me! I would also recommend you read it together with Introducing Barthes. I prefer that one more, actually.

    26. Matt on said:

      Interesting book to go through the history of semiotics quickly in a way that mostly makes sense. I didn't really understand the fundamental issue though: it's unclear to me what questions semiotics are trying to answer and this guide didn't cover that part. It mostly assumes that you are already interested in semiotics.

    27. Laura on said:

      For anyone who is interested in linguistics this books offers a very entertaining general introduction to the topic. It takes you through the historical development of the different concepts and the most important theorists with illustrations that make both the reading and the understanding (also memorising if you are studying!) a lot easier.

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