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Signs, Symbols and Ciphers (New Horizons)

Decoding the Message

Georges Jean


Signs, Symbols and Ciphers takes the reader on journey of discovery through the intriguing world of symbols and what they can mean


How does a sign represent something other than itself? How do we understand the meaning of a written symbol? Can clothes be a sign? Can sounds?

Signs and symbols represent ideas and objects and, over time, these marks and gestures have multiplied into a complex network of images. This handy pocket-book combines scholarship, documentary evidence and fantastic illustrations to provide the story of how we have interacted with signs and symbols across the ages.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 17.6 x 12.5 cm

Extent: 208 pp

Publication date: 18 January 1999

ISBN: 9780500300879

About the Author

Georges Jean (1920 - 2011) was a French poet and essayist specializing in the field of linguistics, poetry and the philosophy of semiology.

List of Contributors

Sophie Hawkes

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