A Theory of Linguistic Signs
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Theory of Linguistic Signs by Rudi Keller
Book DescriptionWhat does it mean to drive a Cadillac? What does 'cuckoo' suggest about the bird? - two examples explored in this investigation of the history of language signs and of what philosophers, linguists, and others have had to say about them. Rudi Keller shows how signs emerge, function, and develop in the permanent process of language change. He recombines thoughts and ideas from Plato to the present day to create a new theory of the meaning and evolution of icons and symbols. By assuming no prior knowledge and by developing his argument from first principles, Rudi Keller has written a basic text which includes all the necessary features: easy style, good organization, original scholarship, and historical depth. This is a non-technical book which will interest linguists, philosophers, students of communications and cultural studies, semioticians/semanticists, sociologists, and anthropologists.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198237952
(235mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 5-Nov-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Rudi Keller
Theory of Linguistic Signs, Hardback (October 1998)
Non-technical investigation of the history of language signs and of what philosophers, linguists, and others have had to say about them. Keller shows how signs emerge, function and develop in the permanent process of language change and creates a new theory of the meaning and evolution of icons and symbols.
On Language, Paperback (November 1994)» View all books by Rudi Keller
Language change is back on the agenda in Rudi Keller's exciting book. He demonstrates that, far from being a remote mystery, it can and should be explained.
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Author Biography - Rudi Keller
Rudi Keller is Professor of German Linguistics at Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf.
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