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Analyzing Cultures provides what readers of semiotics, antrhopology, communications, and media studies have long searched for: an intelligent and engaging introduction to semiotic analysis. Marcel Danesi and Paul Perron have written a unique primer that addresses the way culture is studied within a semiotic framework. The authors give a concise, accessible overview of theories of signs in the history of philosophy and the social sciences. Principles of semiotic analysis are presented with vivid examples drawn from the world around us. Chapters are devoted to, among other things, the body and nonverbal communication; language acquisition, language in its social context, and how language shapes thought; cultural meanings of territories, spaces, and buildings; the importance of art to culture; cultural meanings of objects, artifacts, and technological processes; forms and cultural functions of narrative; and television and advertising media. Analyzing Cultures is without peer as an introduction and reference for readers who want to understand the place of semiotics in the history of philosophy and the social sciences.

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  1. Animal Communication
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  1. Half Title
  2. pp. i-ii
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. PREFACE
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  1. BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Contents
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  1. PART I. INTRODUCTION
  1. CHAPTER 1. GOALS AND LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY OF ANIMAL COMMUNICATION
  2. THOMAS A. SEBEOK
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  1. PART II. TECHNIQUES OF STUDY
  1. CHAPTER 2. OBSERVATION
  2. J.P. SCOTT
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  1. CHAPTER 3. EXPERIMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS
  2. PETER H. KLOPFER AND JEREMY J. HATCH
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  1. CHAPTER 4. MESSAGE-MEANING ANALYSES
  2. W. JOHN SMITH
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  1. CHAPTER 5. A NOTE ON DESIGN FEATURES
  2. CHARLES F. HOCKETT AND STUART A. ALTMANN
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  1. PART III. SOME MECHANISMS OF COMMUNICATION
  1. CHAPTER 6. CHEMICAL SYSTEMS
  2. E.O. WILSON
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  1. CHAPTER 7. VISUAL SYSTEMS
  2. PETER MARLER
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  1. CHAPTER 8. ACOUSTIC COMMUNICATION
  2. RENE-GUY BUSNEL
  3. pp. 127-153
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  1. CHAPTER 9. ECHOLOCATION AND ITS RELEVANCE TO COMMUNICATION BEHAVIOR
  2. DONALD R. GRIFFIN
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  1. PART IV. COMMUNICATION IN SELECTED GRQUPS
  1. CHAPTER 10. ARTHROPODS
  2. RICHARD D. ALEXANDER
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  1. CHAPTER 11. HONEY BEES
  2. ADRIAN M. WENNER
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  1. CHAPTER 12. OTHER INVERTEBRATES
  2. HUBERT AND MABLE FRINGS
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  1. CHAPTER 13. FISHES
  2. WILLIAM N. TAVOLGA
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  1. CHAPTER 14. AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES
  2. W. FRANK BLAIR
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  1. CHAPTER 15. BIRDS
  2. BARBARA I. HOOKER
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  1. CHAPTER 16. LAND MAMMALS
  2. G√úNTER TEMBROCK
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  1. CHAPTER 17. MARINE MAMMALS
  2. THOMAS C. POULTER
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  1. CHAPTER 18. PRIMATES
  2. STUART A. ALTMANN
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  1. PART V. IMPLICATIONS AND APPLICATIONS
  1. CHAPTER 19. ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES: ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY OF COMMUNICATIVE BEHAVIOR
  2. A. RICHARD DIEBOLD, JR.
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  1. CHAPTER 20. PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES
  2. JARVIS BASTIAN
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  1. CHAPTER 21. LANGUAGE IN THE LIGHT OF EVOLUTION
  2. ERIC H. LENNEBERG
  3. pp. 592-613
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  1. CHAPTER 22. REDUNDANCY AND CODING
  2. GREGORY BATESON
  3. pp. 614-626
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  1. CHAPTER 23. PERSPECTIVES FOR COMMUNICATION THEORY
  2. ABRAHAM A. MOLES
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  1. CHAPTER 24. PRACTICAL USES
  2. HUBERT AND MABLE FRINGS
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 663-677
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  1. ANIMAL INDEX
  2. pp. 678-684
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253053459
MARC Record
OCLC
1259587045
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-11
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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