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Social Semiotics

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Social Semiotics is a textbook in communication and cultural studies. It offers a comprehensive approach to the study of the ways in which meaning is constituted in social life.
Paperback, 296 pages
Published September 1st 1988 by Polity Press
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I really enjoyed this book. The more I learn about sociolinguistics, the more I wish I had known more about it years ago. It really would have saved me so much time. If you are thinking of reading this one, my advice would be turn to page 261 first and read the last ten pages – this isn’t a mystery novel, they don’t give the story away, so reading the end first won’t kill you. Rather, it gives a nice overview of the main ideas in the book and also excellent definitions of some of the key terms u ...more
Tara Brabazon
A fellow academic that I work with at UOIT asked me last week what were the three books that changed my life. I replied, E.P. Thompson's _The Making of the English Working Class_, Greil Marcus's _Lipstick Traces_ and Robert Hodge and Gunther Kress's _Social Semiotics_.

In preparation to teach social semiotics and multimodality properly (rather than as an 'addition' or 'extension' to a basic semiotics lecture), I returned to re-read this book that changed my life.

I remember the first time I read
Nicholas Arehart
Brilliant book. Fills the gaps in a discipline that has traditionally sought to understood human meaning making outside of the flow of time. I plan to start reading it again immediately.
Frederic Gleach
One of my favorite books on semiotics, and accessibly written. Its survey of the history of the ideas is a great introduction - I've taught it several times.
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