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CM 380 Semiotics

Conversation Analysis

Patrice Oppliger

on 20 May 2015

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Transcript of CM 380 Semiotics

Semiotics: study of signs and symbols
how signs relate to referent
relationship among signs in formal processes (e.g., grammar)
practical use of signs
Symbolic Convergence:
shared meaning in a culture

Conversational Analysis:
Fantasy Theme Analysis
Quantity: amt of talk
Quality: truthfulness
Relevancy: on topic
Manner: organized
Conversation Implicature:
ways to manage violations
(ex: exaggerations, humor)
Grime's Axioms
The study of word choice and sentence structure to derive meaning and importance.
"I now pronounce you man and wife."
"Mistakes were made."
"I apologize if I offended anyone."
“The head of Jesus was created by a production team which took into consideration medical, archaeological, geographical and artistic evidence from the time of Jesus.”
Cheese heads and Corn heads
Holiday Symbols
Connotative vs. Denotative Meanings
Albanian: "ham ham"
Balinese: "kong-kong"
German: "vow-vow"
Welsh: "wiff-wiff"
"Lost a planet, Master Obi-Wan has."
object-subject-verb order
Wedding traditions
Blonde haired, blue eyed Jesus
Red Sox games
BU hockey games
Cultural representations of __?
The "not" joke
Cultural and Generational Distinctions
wicked y'all
totes LOL ;)
Sports Traditions:

SNL: Girl you wish you hadn't started a conversation with at a party.

Is Santa white?
Example: Onomatopoeia
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