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Brain Mind and the Signifying Body

by Paul J. Thibault
Publisher: A&C Black
Release Date: 2006-11-17
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Pages: 344 pages
ISBN 13: 0826492533
ISBN 10: 9780826492531
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Synopsis : Brain Mind and the Signifying Body written by Paul J. Thibault, published by A&C Black which was released on 2006-11-17. Download Brain Mind and the Signifying Body Books now! Available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. Epilogue Towards a New Way of Thinking and Talking about Meaning-making This book is just the beginning of an attempt to rethink meaning-making activity from the perspective of the body-brain system - the signifying body — embedded in ... -- This cutting-edge study of linguistic theory by one of the world's leading authors in the field of semiotics will be of interest to academics and postgraduates researching applied linguistics and advanced semiotics. In his foreword M. A. K. Halliday explains the importance of Paul J. Thibault's work to linguistics. Book jacket.

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