Units of Study

ENGL3611 - Issues in the Semiotics of Language

Semester 1, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Nick Riemer
Phone: +61 2 9036 7039
Email: nick.riemer@sydney.edu.au

Description

This unit examines some key historical and theoretical topics in the semiotics of language. We begin with an investigation into the structuralist legacy, concentrating on exegetical and theoretical questions raised by Saussurean "valeur" and "difference". We then discuss analyses of lexical polysemy and alternatives to the Saussurean paradigm provided in the Humboldtian and Soviet traditions and in Relevance Theory. The course ends by assessing the desirability and difficulties of accommodating emotion in theories of linguistic signification.

Assessments

1x2000wd (35%), 1x4000wd essay (65%)

Classes

1x2-hr seminar/week

Prerequisites

18 senior credit points from English or Australian Literature

Prohibitions

ENGL3915

 Tuesday

  10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm

ENGL3611

         

Lecture

 

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