Lecture 05: Semiotics

8:15 – 8:25 am

Quiz on Roland Barthes, “The Death of the Author” and and Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy

8:25 – 8:35 am
Free-Writing Feedback
  • Racism, sexuality (gay rights, women’s rights, sex trafficking), religion, economic disparity, etc.
  • Capitalist, Christian, patriarchy.
  • Transition from writing to toolbox.
8:35 – 8:50 am
Introduction to Semiotics

Ferdinand de Saussure

  • b. 1857 d. 1913
  • Swiss linguist and semiotician; coined the term semiology (=semiotics)
  • Taught three courses in general linguistics–in 1906-1907, 1908-1909, and 1910-1911

Sign, signifier, signified

Mutability and Immutability of the sign

8:50 – 9:25
9:25 – 9:30

Review chapters 1 & 2 of Saussure_Course in General Linguistics_Part 1 (pages 65–78) for quiz on Wednesday, February 19, 2014; hand in annotated copies.


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