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Signs, symbols, and ciphers / Georges Jean.

Author/Creator:
Jean, Georges.
Standardized Title:
Langage de signes. English
Publication:
New York : Abrams, 1998.
Series:
Discoveries (New York, N.Y.)
Discoveries
Format/Description:
Book
207 pages : color illustrations ; 18 cm.
Subjects:
Signs and symbols.
Summary:
"To communicate, people have always used signs and symbols: marks, gestures, and words that represent abstract ideas and concrete objects. Over time, these have multiplied into an immense and complex network of images, figures, emblems. We use signs to measure such difficult concepts as number, danger, value, distances in time and space, and even love. How does a sign represent the thing for which it substitutes? How do we come to understand the meaning of a written symbol? What happens when a sign crosses international borders of language and culture? Chapter by chapter, Georges Jean conducts us through the fascinating realm of maps, pictograms, logographs, letterforms, patterns, signals, codes, and facial expressions."--Jacket.
Contents:
Signs as Precursors of Writing
Signs of the Body
The Magic of Long-Distance Signs
Maps: Hotbeds of Signs
Road Signs
From Sign to Symbol
Documents
List of Illustrations.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 196-197) and index.
Penn Provenance:
Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copy)
Penn Chronology:
1998
Contributor:
Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
ISBN:
0810928426
9780810928428
OCLC:
39162334
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