Dynamical Models in Semiotics/Semantics

Course Description The course is mainly expository in character. We shall be concerned with the signifying aspect of human language which is inevitably and simultaneously both natural and cultural. Broadly, we emphasize the relevance of three levels for comprehending the process of signification: the physical-biological, the linguistic-categorical, and the cultural-metaphorical. Such a three-layered perspective — […]

Saussure And Beyond: Renewing Semiotic Foundations

Course Description In this course I argue that a renovated Saussurean theory of the dynamics of signs in social life is possible. I re-examine many of the key concepts in Saussure’s theory and call into question the standard readings of Saussure. In so doing, I attempt to show that in Saussure’s social-semiological theory, language and […]