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Roland Barthes: Elements of Semiology (1964)

Source: Elements of Semiology, 1964, publ. Hill and Wang, 1968. The first half of the book is reproduced here. INTRODUCTION In his Course in General Linguistics, first published in 1916, Saussure postulated the existence of a general science of signs, or Semiology, of which linguistics would form only one part. Semiology therefore aims to take in any system of signs, whatever their substance and limits; images, gestures, musical sounds, objects, and the complex associations of all these, which form the content of ritual, convention or public entertainment: these constitute, if not languages, at least systems of signification. There is no doubt that the development...