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Issues in the Semiotics of Language - ENGL3611

Year - 2019

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.

1x2hr seminar/week

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


12 credit points at 2000 level in English or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Australian Literature




Faculty: Arts and Social Sciences

Semester 1

25 Feb 2019

Department/School: English
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2019
Unit of study level: Senior
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
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