Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 20 August 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter explores the relation between rhetoric and semiotics, with particular reference to Paris school structuralist semiotics and Sydney school social semiotics. The Paris school, following the lead of Roland Barthes, engaged extensively with rhetoric, focusing mostly on figuration (elocutio), and applying it to visual communication. The Sydney school made less explicit reference to rhetoric, but its genre theory can be interpreted as a modern theory of dispositio. It also engaged with elocutio through the concept of grammatical metaphor, but without the emphasis on rhetorical figures as signifiers of ideology that had characterized Barthes’s work. The chapter attempts to make the rhetorical aspect of social semiotics a little more explicit, looking in particular at the theory of genre as a theory of arrangement (dispositio).

Keywords: rhetoric, semiotics, social semiotics, elocutio, dispositio, figuration, genre, ideology, grammatical metaphor

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.