ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SEMIOTICS

Oxford University Press
702 pages
300 articles
97 contributors
Bibliographies
Cross-references
46 pages of index

Editor in Chief: 
Paul Bouissac

Editorial Committee:
Göran Sonesson
Paul Thibault
Terry Threadgold

Advisory Board:
M. Philip Bryden
Teresa de Lauretis
Frantisek W. Galan
Mart R. Gross
Marlene Posner-Landsch
Lorraine Weir

List of entries:
Abacus
Abductive reasoning
Abélard, Pierre
Actantial model
Actants
Acting
Advertising
Aesthetics
Affordance
Algorithm
Allegory
Alphabet
Althusser, Louis
Anatomy of Criticism
Aniconic visual signs
Animal 
Apartheid
Arbitrariness, Principle of
Architecture
Arnheim, Rudolph
Art
Art and Illusion
Articulation
Artificial intelligence
Artificial language
Artificial life
Augustine of Hippo
Autopoiesis
Bakhtin, Mikhail
Barthes, Roland
Baseball
Bateson, Gregory
Baudrillard, Jean
Benjamin, Walter
Bense, Max
Bhartrhari
Binarism
Biosemiotics
Blason poétique
Blazon
Blissymbolics
Bogatyrëv, Pëtr Grigor’evic
Bourdieu, Pierre
Brøndal, Viggo
Buddhism
Burke, Kenneth
Cartography
Cartoons
Cassirer, Ernst
Catastroph Theory
Chemical communication
Chinese ideograms
Chirography
Cinema
Clynes, Manfred
Code
Coevolution
Comics
Communication
Computational neuroscience
Computer
Computer-mediated communication
Connectionism
Conversation
Copenhagen School
Coseriu, Eugen
Course in General Linguistics
Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign, For a
Cultural difference
Cultural knowledge
Cultural landscape
Culture, Semiotics of
Cultureme
Culturgen
Cybernetics
Daoism
Darwin, Charles
Database
Dawkins, Richard
Debugging
Deconstruction
Deixis
De Lauretis, Teresa
Denotation and Connotation
Diagram
Dialogism
Dialogue
Discourse analysis
Distance
Distinctive features
Double Bind
Douglas, Mary Tew
Durkheim, Emile
Eco, Umberto
Ekman, Paul
Elements of Semiology
Emblem
Énonciation impersonnelle ou le site du film, L’
Error Back-Propagation
Ethnomethodology
Ethnoscience
Evolution Exaptation
Expert Systems
Face
Facial Action Coding System
Feedback and Feedforward
Feminism and Feminist Theories
Feminist Semiotics
Fiction 
Film Semiotics
Fingerspelling
Flaming
Foucault, Michel
Frege, Gottlob
Frye, Northrop
Gaia Hypothesis
Gibson, James J.
Goffman, Erving
Gombrich, Ernest H.
Goodman, Nelson
Goody, John Rankin
Gossip
Grammar of Motives, A
Grande Syntagmatique, La
Greimas, Algirdas Julien
Habermas, Jurgen
Habitus
Halliday, Michael A.K.
Hamilton, William D.
Haptics
Heraldry
History
Hjelmslev, Louis
Icon
Iconicity
Ideograms
Image and Picture
Imaginary Signifier, The
Implicature
Impresa
Index
Indexicality
Information
Inner Speech
Intentionality
Interactionist Analysis
Interface
Interspecific Communication
Introduction to the Narrative Analysis of Narratives
Isotopy
Jakobson, Roman
Jakobson’s Model of Linguistic Communication
Jameson, Fredric
Karcevskij, Sergei Iosifovic
Knowledge Representation
Koch, Walter A.
Kristeva, Julia
Lacan, Jacques
Language as Symbolic Action
Language Change
Languages of Art
Langue and Parole
Law, Semiotics of
Leach, Edmund
Legal Discourse
Lévi-Strauss, Claude
Linearity
Linguistic Motivation
Linguistic Relativism
Literary Anthropology
Logo
Lotman, Jurij M.
Lyotard, Jean-Francois
Mandala
Manipulation
Mantra
Markedness
Marx, Karl
Mass Communication
Materialist Semiotics
Meaning
Medieval Semiotics
Meme
Memetics
Metalanguage
Metaphor
Metonymy
Metz, Christian
Military
Mindscape
Morphology
Moscow-Tartu School
Mukarovský, Jan
Multimodality
Music
Mythologies
Myths
Narrative Structures
Narratology
Nattiez, Jean-Jacques
Neurosemiotics
Nonverbal Body Sign Categories
Nonverbal Communication in the Novel
Number Representation
Opposition
Paradigm
Paralanguage
Parallelism
Paris School
Paroemiology
Parsing
Peirce, Charles Sanders
Pertinence
Phoneme
Photography
Pictorial Semiotics
Picture Perception
Pictures and Computers
Play
Poetics
Poinsot, Joannes
Polysystem Theory
Postage Stamps
Postcolonialism
Postmodernism
Postsemiotics
Poststructuralism
Pragmatics
Prague School
Punctuation
Queer Theory
Rabelais and his World
Realism and Nominalism
Recent Theories on the Nature of the Language Sign
Reception and Reader-Response
Receptors
Recherches Structurales 1949
Reference
Rhetoric of the Image
Riegl, Alois
Riffaterre, Michael
Rock Art
Rossi-Landi, Ferruccio
Russell, Bertrand
Saussure, Ferdinand de
Sebeok, Thomas A.
Semiography
Semiosis
Semiotic and Symbolic
Semiotic Square
Semiotic Terminology
Semiurgy
Sign
Sign Language
Signal
Signification
Sociobiology
Sounds
Space
Speech
Speech Act Theory
Spengler, Oswald
Sport
Stereotype
Structuralism
Structure
Symbolic Type
Synchronic and Diachronic
Text
Theater
Thom, René
Trademark
Trivers, Robert
Trubetzkoy, Nikolai S.
Turing, Alan
Turner, Victor
Type and Token
Umwelt
Urban Semiotics
Value
Vico, Giambattista
Vienna Circle
Vision
Whorf, Benjamin Lee
Wilson, Edward O.
Wittgenstein, Ludwig
Wölfflin, Heinrich
Writing, Ethnography of
Yi Jing
Zahavi, Amotz
Zen Gardens
Zoosemiotics

Oxford University Press, New York 1998

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"One of the ways modern linguitics has connected with other disciplines is through its ties with semiotics. Various theories of the sign -- in modern times stemming from the work of Saussure and Peirce -- have provided frameworks from which bridges can be established between linguistics and such disciplines as communications, literary criticism, biology, anthropology, and information theory. With the Encyclopedia of Semiotics, Paul Bouissac has provided an up-to-date reference work of concepts in both semiotics and cultural studies. The 300 entries, the work of about 100 contributors, explicate technical concepts and place familiar topics (such as music, sport and history) in the context of work on sign theory. The encyclopedia is nicely laid out, well-indexed, and includes a number of useful figures. [...] The encyclopedia includes much of interest in the areas of biology, sociology and sociobiology, phenomenology and structuralism, criticism, and information theory. Chinese and Indian sign theories are touched upon as well; there is a long entry on Buddhism focusing on Buddhist philosophy of language, and entries on Daoism, the Yi Jing, the Mandala, Mantra, and the grammarian Bhartrhari. And [it] provides separate discussions of postcolonialism, postmodernism, postsemiotics and poststruturalism which help to tease these apart.

Edwin Battistella

Language. Vol.75, No 3 (1999)


"Semiotics represents one of the main attempts -- perhaps the most enduring one -- at conceiving a transdisciplinary framework through which interfaces can be constructed between distinct domains of inquiry. Other endeavors, such as the unified science movement of the 1930s or cybernetics and general systems theory in the 1950s and 1960s, met with only limited success. By contrast, semiotics remains a credible blueprint for bridging the gaps between disciplines and across cultures, most likely because of its own intellectual diversity and pluridisciplinary history, as well as its remarkable capacity for critical reflexivity. Cultural theory, one of its most powerful offshoots, similarly transcends traditional boundaries between academic and political domains, sexual and epistemological spheres, and economic and symbolic orders. [...] Semiotics and its outgrowths are not a closed chapter in the history of ideas. The dynamics of this fundamental, overarching inquiry keps upsetting the epistemological landscape inherited from two centuries of disciplinary marshaling. It opens channels of communication among faculties and traditions, builds pressures on artificial partitions, connects levels, constructs interfaces, and awakens the mind to serial, lateral, and holistic thinking.

[...] It is this complex, dynamic situation that the present volume endeavors to picture and document. An encyclopedia of semiotics and cultural theory cannot be a mere inventory of concluded biographies and completed theories. To be true to its object, it must reflect not only the achievements but also the uncertainties and anxieties of its practitioners. A full century of theorizing on signs, structures, signification, representation, communication, and meaning has led to hypotheses conceived within, or in dialogue with, the main intellectual paradigms of the century -- phenomenology, psychoanalysis, Marxism, structuralism, evolutionism and information theory among them. The questions raised, debated, and still unsolved, continue to engage the mind and motivate reflection and research. The reader will discover that most of the articles in this volume are problem-oriented rather than dogmatic. [...]

The guiding principles for the elaboration of this encyclopedia have been to be comprehensive, problem-oriented and user-friendly. The three hundred articles forming this work cover a wide range of topics and present a balanced view of the various theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of signs, communication and culture that have been produced throughout the twentieth century. Forays into non-Western philosophical and linguistic traditions, such as Chinese theories of representation, Buddhist semiotics, and Indian semantics, add a global dimension to this work. [...] The contributors have endeavored to indicate in the conclusion of their articles the problematic nature of some notions or assumptions that are at the core of the theoretical concepts and methods considered. More generally, they have pointed to still unexplored directions of research or thought so as to reflect closely the dynamic nature of today’s critical semiotics and cultural theory, and to engage the reader’s reflection and creativity. Each article is followed by a carefully chosen bibliography."

(Excerpts from the preface).


 

Bouissac has created a comprehensive, well-written, and understandable reference work that allows a wide variety of students and scholars to access current semiotic theory and research. Each signed entry is well documented and contains bibliographic entries for further inquiry. Excellent coverage of well-known and lesser-known theorists [...] [A]n extensive index make[s] this volume another fine example of the publisher’s commitment to scholarship."

Kevin M. Roddy

Library Journal (November 1, 1998)



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