LSS Spring 2009 Syllabus

LSS Spring 2009 Syllabus - 45.305 Language, Signs, and...

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45.305 Language, Signs, and Symbols Spring 2009 R. E. Innis Office hours: Olney 102C M 12:00-02:00, Tu and Th 2:30-4:30, and by appointment Robert_Innis@uml.edu tel. 2532 Human beings are sign-users and meaning-makers. This course will investigate or ‘rotate,’ from a variety of points of view, some paradigmatic and distinctive forms of sign-constituted meaning-making. While it will give special and predominant attention to language and its place within the vast systems of signs in which meanings are embodied and within which we live and construct our worlds, it will range at times far beyond the realm of language into cultural systems and into nature as a field of meaning. We will see that while language both exemplifies and realizes in the highest degree our meaning-making capacities as human beings, it also functions alongside of and is embedded in other powerful and indispensable sign and symbol systems, to which it must be carefully compared. Consequently, one of the major goals of the course will be to work out a general theory of signs that applies not just to language but to
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LSS Spring 2009 Syllabus - 45.305 Language, Signs, and...

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