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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
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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
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  1. Part title
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  1. GOALS AND LIMITATIONS OF THE STUDY OF ANIMAL COMMUNICATION
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  1. OBSERVATION
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  1. EXPERIMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS
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  1. MESSAGE-MEANING ANALYSES
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  1. A NOTE ON DESIGN FEATURES
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  1. CHEMICAL SYSTEMS
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  1. VISUAL SYSTEMS
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  1. ACOUSTIC COMMUNICATION
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  1. ECHOLOCATION AND ITS RELEVANCE TO COMMUNICATION BEHAVIOR
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  1. ARTHROPODS
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  1. HONEY BEES
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  1. OTHER INVERTEBRATES
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  1. FISHES
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  1. AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES
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  1. BIRDS
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  1. LAND MAMMALS
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  1. MARINE MAMMALS
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  1. PRIMATES
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  1. ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES: ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE COMPARATIVE PSYCHOLOGY OF COMMUNICATIVE BEHAVIOR
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  1. PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES
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  1. LANGUAGE IN THE LIGHT OF EVOLUTION
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  1. REDUNDANCY AND CODING
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  1. PERSPECTIVES FOR COMMUNICATION THEORY
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  1. PRACTICAL USES
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  1. ANIMAL INDEX
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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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