[lg policy] a semiotic analysis

mostari hind hmostari at yahoo.com
Sun Feb 1 15:18:16 UTC 2015

Hi jeffery, Many thanks indeed, can you please tell me if my PHD student can get these references ( you mentioned in addition to those mentioned by Hult)  online ( PDF form ) or she has to order them because such references do not exist in the Algerian university libraries .

     On Sunday, February 1, 2015 2:09 PM, Jeffrey Kallen <JKALLEN at tcd.ie> wrote:

 Dear Mostari,

In addition to works by Kress and van Leeuwen, Scollon and Scollon, and others which fit into Linguistic Landscape research (including Francis's own excellent work), there's a very useful volume by Keiko Tanaka called *Advertising Language: A Pragmatic Approach to Advertisements in Britain and Japan* (London: Routledge, 1994) which you might want to consider. Though based in Relevance Theory, you don't have to be working in Relevance Theory to get a lot from it. It has some very acute observations on semiotic aspects of advertising, particularly relating it to cultural values and the semiotics of expression. Then there's Guy Cook's *The Discourse of Advertising* (London: Routledge -- 2nd ed. 2001), which also bridges connections between linguistics and discourse analysis and semiotic approaches. There are of course other approaches, but these are two sources I can vouch for.

Best wishes,


Jeffrey L. Kallen
Associate Professor of Linguistics and Phonetics
Centre for Language and Communication Studies
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2
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Sent: 01 February 2015 10:41
To: mostari hind; Language Policy List
Subject: RE: [lg policy] a semiotic analysis

Hi Mostari,

There are several approaches.  She might have a look at Kress and van Leeuwen's (1996) key work 'Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design', which has been widely applied and expanded in various ways.  For instance, I have drawn upon Scollon & Scollon's work on geosemiotics (see, for example, their 2003 book 'Discourses in Place: Language in the Materials World'), which builds on Kress and van Leeuwen, among others.  I recently used geosemiotics in a study of advertising in a bilingual city in this paper:

Hult, F.M. (2014). Drive-thru linguistic landscaping: Constructing a linguistically dominant place in a bilingual space.  International Journal of Bilingualism, 18, 507-523.

There are many studies using various semiotic approaches to advertising so she should be able to find examples that relate to the orientation she wants to take.



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Sent: Saturday, January 31, 2015 22:41
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Subject: [lg policy] a semiotic analysis

Hi all ,
I am supervising a PHD student working on semiotic analysis of advertisment , is there any approach to follow up in her analysis , I am a linguist but not a specialist in semiotics.
I guess it should be an approach to follow up . She is saying there are no approaches ,  I disagree !

Many thanks
Dr Mostari

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