Guest column

Space, Technology, and Attention Structures

‘There’s no there there,’ Gertrude Stein famously said of Oakland, California. What she meant, of course, was that she could find nothing in Oakland that made it different from anywhere else, nothing that caught her […]


Seriously semiotic pragmatics in practice

The development of linguistic pragmatics from the 1960’s onwards may be interpreted, in a way, as a ‘glottocentric’ move away from its parental home, the science of signs or semiotics. In principle, a focus on […]



Have you ever heard of vexillology ? Sometimes it appears as the final category on Jeopardy; it is also the focus of a mythical podcast by Dr. Sheldon Cooper, one of the main characters on […]

In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Masao Yamaguchi (1932-2013)

On March 11 The Japan Times reported the death at 81 in Tokyo of “influential anthropologist Masao Yamaguchi”. Professor Yamaguchi was also a high-profile semiotician, a long-time Vice-President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, […]


Semiotic Review

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Semiotic Review, which continues the Semiotic Review of Books [1990-2012], with our first thematic issue, guest-edited by Matthew Wolf-Meyer, Parasites. As incoming editors, we (Paul Manning […]


The local in the sociolinguistics of globalization

Introduction: sociolinguistics and globalisation Since the turn of the Millennium, globalization has become a major focus in sociolinguistics and discourse analysis, investigating themes such as: learning and teaching in diverse urban classrooms (Spotti 2011; Karrebæk […]


Globalization and the Production of Linguistic Locality

Attention to linguistic variation worldwide is evidenced in efforts to document or revive dying languages; in political struggles over language and dialect rights, national languages, and language in education; and in the commodification of languages […]


Semiotics in Morocco

The Moroccan Association of Semiotics Studies (MASS) was founded in 2008 by a group of scholars belonging to the Universities of Fes, Meknes, Ifrane, Rabat, Agadir and Oujda. Mass has organized two congress in 2008 […]


Indexing the GLOBAL

Take a walk through any upmarket shopping mall (frequently referred to as a ‘gallery’ implying artful displays of precious, highly desirable and – to many – unattainable objects) and you will find numerous instances of […]