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The Routledge companion to semiotics and linguistics
Cobley, Paul, 1963-
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London ; New York : Routledge, [2001]

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xvi, 326 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Edited by communications specialist Paul Cobley, this Routledge Companionit has ten introductory essays written by pace-setting figures in the field. These are followed by over 200 A-Z entries which cover:
*key concepts such as abduction, code, modelling, philology and syntax
*key individuals: Bakhtin, Chomsky, Peirce, Saussure, Sebeok and others
*key theories and schools, including American structuralism, pragmatism and the Prague School.

Author Notes

Paul Cobley is the author of Introducing Semiotics(with Litza Jansz), The American Thrillerand the forthcoming New Critical Idiom title, Narrative. He is the editor of Routledge's Communication Theory Reader. Paul Cobley is Reader in Communications at London Guildhall University.

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This eminently readable book gives current information on key questions in semiotics and linguistics and on the relationship between the two (linguistics is one part of semiotics). Cobley (London Guildhall Univ.) divides the book into two equal parts, the first a collection of essays dealing with semiosis, communication and language, the second a dictionary that gives information on terms used in the subjects and biographical entries on the major figures (e. g., surface structure, deep structure, universal grammar, pragmatics, Chomsky, Derrida, Saussure). The essay section opens with a lively contribution by Thomas Sebeok on nonverbal communication. Raphael Sakie's essay on the work of Noam Chomsky succeeds admirably in cutting through the confusion and verbiage surrounding Chomsky's concept of "universal grammar." And a contribution by Oxford Professor Roy Harris offers a clear, incisive, and often funny survey of the confusion in the various branches of linguistics that has proliferated since Saussure. Indeed, all the essays are clearly argued and well written. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above and for large public libraries. J. B. Beston formerly, Nazareth College of Rochester