Issues in the Semiotics of Language (ENGL3611)

UNIT OF STUDY

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.

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Classes

1x2-hr seminar/week

Assessment

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

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

18 senior credit points from English or Australian Literature

Prohibitions

ENGL3915

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