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plane of expression

Language; General language

For Hjelmslev and Barthes, the signifiers on the plane of expression were: substance of expression (which included physical materials of the medium - e.g. images and sounds) and form of expression ...

poetic function

Language; General language

In Jakobson's model of linguistic communication the dominance of any one of six factors within an utterance reflects a different linguistic function. In utterances where the poetic function is ...

polysemy

Language; General language

Those who reject textual determinism (such as poststructuralists) emphasize the 'polysemic' nature of texts - their plurality of meanings.

polyvocality

Language; General language

In contrast to univocality, this is the use of multiple voices as a narrative mode within a text, typically in order to encourage diverse readings rather than to promote a preferred reading.

postmodernism

Language; General language

This slippery term, which ostensibly refers to an era succeeding modernism, is philosophically allied with poststructuralism, deconstruction, radical scepticism and relativism - with which it shares ...

poststructuralism

Language; General language

Whilst poststructuralism is often interpreted simply as 'anti-structuralism', it is worth noting that the label refers to a school of thought which developed after, out of, and in relation to ...

pragmatics

Language; General language

Morris divided semiotics into three branches: syntactics, semantics and pragmatics. Pragmatics refers to the study of the ways in which signs are used and interpreted. The interpretation of signs ...

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