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Danesi, Marcel 1946-

Works: 323 works in 1,336 publications in 4 languages and 43,501 library holdings
Genres: Dictionaries  Reference works  Self-instruction  Textbooks  Programmed instructional materials  Encyclopedias  Conversation and phrase books  Phrase books 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other, Lithographer
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Most widely held works by Marcel Danesi
The puzzle instinct : the meaning of puzzles in human life by Marcel Danesi( )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and Spanish and held by 2,332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Cool : the signs and meanings of adolescence by Marcel Danesi( )

13 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in English and held by 1,822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Danesi studies the culture, its symbols, myths, and problems of teenage culture as both a serious academic and a parent needing to understand
Vico, metaphor, and the origin of language by Marcel Danesi( )

11 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The origin of language is one of the deep mysteries of human existence. Drawing upon the work of the eighteenth-century Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico, Marcel Danesi fashions a persuasive, original account of the evolution and development of language. Seeking to reconstruct the primitive mind that generated language and the evolutionary events that must have preceded the advent of speech, he takes Vico's insight that mind, culture, and language evolved from the uniquely human faculty known as fantasia ("the imagination") and sketches a "primal scene" of compelling interest. Danesi identifies metaphor, the feature of mind that transforms iconic, perceptual thinking into conceptual thinking, as the crucial event in the Vichian scenario. The description of this scenario forms the core of Vico, Metaphor, and the Origin of Language. Danesi then evaluates the Vichian reconstruction of the origin of language in light of contemporary research in the cognitive, social, and biological sciences and with competing theories
Dictionary of media and communications by Marcel Danesi( )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 1,712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Equally accessible to college and high school students and the general public, this authoritative reference provides a complete listing of media concepts, figures, and techniques with illustrations and historical commentary
Crossword Italian! : have fun learning Italian by solving crossword puzzles by Marcel Danesi( )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2016 in English and Italian and held by 1,573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

30 lessions, each one introducing a conversational theme centred around a crossword puzzle. An ideal tool for learning Italian that will provide a dynamic and enjoyable course supplement appropriate for both beginning and more advanced students
Encyclopedic dictionary of semiotics, media, and communications by Marcel Danesi( )

18 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 1,477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Being interdisciplinary in nature, semiotics, media studies, and communication studies draw from ideas and terminology derived from other disciplines. Hence, this dictionary also encompasses basic concepts from the fields of anthropology, archeology, psychology, psychoanalysis, linguistics, philosophy, artificial intelligence, computer science, and biology. Collected here are definitions and descriptions of terms, concepts, personages, schools of thought, and historical movements that appear frequently in the literature." "The basis of each entry is a simple definition, which often includes the term's origin and important cross-references. Illustrations are provided where necessary, along with historical sketches of movements or schools of thought. The commentary on personages consists of brief statements about their contribution and relevance. Thus, the dictionary not only defines what a term means, but often delves into its history, applications, and broad implications." "This is a compact, practical guide that will be valuable to students in semiotics, media, and communication studies. Because of its interdisciplinary approach, it will also provide a wide range of scholars with a handy reference to disciplines other than but related to their own."--Jacket
Using Italian vocabulary by Marcel Danesi( )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using Italian Vocabulary provides the student of Italian with an in-depth, structured approach to the learning of vocabulary. It can be used for intermediate and advanced undergraduate courses, or as a supplementary manual at all levels - including elementary level - to supplement the study of vocabulary. The book is made up of twenty units covering topics that range from clothing and jewellery, to politics and environmental issues, with each unit consisting of words and phrases that have been organized thematically and according to levels so as to facilitate their acquisition. The book will enable students to acquire a comprehensive control of both concrete and abstract vocabulary allowing them to carry out essential communicative and interactional tasks. - A practical topic-based textbook that can be inserted into all types of course syllabi - Provides exercises and activities for classroom and self-study - Answers are provided for a number of exercises
Forever young : the teen-aging of modern culture by Marcel Danesi( )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in English and held by 1,402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"By laying bare the misguided tenets that have brought about, and continue to promote, a 'forever young' mentality, Marcel Danesi demonstrates that the 'teen-aging' of culture has come about because it is, simply put, good for business. Teen tastes have achieved cultural supremacy because the Western economic system requires a conformist and easily manipulated market, and has thus joined forces with the media-entertainment oligarchy to promote a deterministic 'forever young' market."--Jacket
The sounds, forms, and uses of Italian : an introduction to Italian linguistics by Gianrenzo P Clivio( )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 1,328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filling a major gap in the curriculum of undergraduate and graduate programs in Italian linguistics, this is a text on Italian linguistics that clearly presents all of the key concepts in a form designed specifically for English-speaking students
A basic course in anthropological linguistics by Marcel Danesi( )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 1,270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Messages, signs, and meanings : a basic textbook in semiotics and communication by Marcel Danesi( )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2006 in English and held by 1,236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Messages, Signs, and Meanings can be used directly in introductory courses in semiotics, communications, media, or culture studies. Additionally, it can be used as a complementary or supplementary text in courses dealing with cognate areas of investigation (psychology, mythology, education, literary studies, anthropology, linguistics). The text builds upon what readers already know intuitively about signs, and then leads them to think critically about the world in which they live - a world saturated with images of all kinds that a basic knowledge of semiotics can help filter and deconstruct. The text also provides opportunities for readers to do "hands-on" semiotics through the exercises and questions for discussion that accompany each chapter. Biographical sketches of the major figures in the field are also included, as is a convenient glossary of technical terms." "The overall plan of the book is to illustrate how message-making and meaning-making can be studied from the specific vantage point of the discipline of semiotics. This third edition also includes updated discussions of information technology throughout, focusing especially on how meanings are now negotiated through such channels as websites, chat rooms, and instant messages."--Jacket
Made men : mafia culture and the power of symbols, rituals, and myth by Antonio Nicaso( )

9 editions published in 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despite depictions to the contrary, the Mafia is not a cadre of noble and righteous warriors, a class of citizens working in the shadows but upholding traditional values. Instead, the authors argue, it is a brutal, violent, and ignoble organization that ultimately violates the boundaries of acceptable behavior both within the family and without
Encyclopedia of media and communication by Marcel Danesi( )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2017 in English and held by 1,040 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Detailed and up-to-date, the Encyclopedia of Media and Communication synthesizes a wide array of works and perspectives on the making of meaning. The appendix includes timelines covering the whole historical record for each medium, from either antiquity or their inception to the present day. Each entry also features a bibliography linking readers to relevant resources for further reading. The most coherent treatment yet of these fields, the Encyclopedia of Media and Communication promises to be the standard reference text for the next generation of media and communication students and scholars."--Pub. desc
Of cigarettes, high heels, and other interesting things : an introduction to semiotics by Marcel Danesi( Book )

27 editions published between 1999 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 971 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this volume, author Marcel Danesi shows us that the discipline that endeavors to understand the human quest for meaning is known as semiotics. He demonstrates how semiotics unravels the meanings of signs that make up the system of what we call a culture or a society. This book will engender in the reader the same kind of analytical and inquisitive frame of mind with which a semiotician approaches the subject matter of meaning. Basic semiotic ideas and analytical techniques are introduced via a fictional - yet very telling - scene, one that reveals a lot about the human need for meaning. The scene is a fashionable modern-day restaurant, and the fictional actions that occur allow Danesi to provide the semiotic version of the human drama in concrete terms."--Jacket
The forms of meaning : modeling systems theory and semiotic analysis by Thomas A Sebeok( )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book presents a methodological framework, developed from the field of biosemiotics, for studying semiotic phenomena as modeling processes. It presents a descriptive system for uniting semiotics and biology so that the "modelling instinct" can be studied in terms of its manifestations in various species. The book is written in an accessible textbook style, and can thus be used as a manual by both professional semioticians and students taking courses in semiotics, biology, and the communication sciences. It is composed in such a way that a broad readership can appreciate the fascinating research going on in a relatively unknown area of interdisciplinary study."--Jacket
Signs of crime : introducing forensic semiotics by Marcel Danesi( )

19 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 938 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book will introduce the field of forensic semiotics as a tool for understanding crime and criminality. It will focus on how symbolism, ritual, and other sign-based activities play a crucial role in the constitution of criminal organizations and often in the enactment of individual crimes. It will present semiotic notions, methods, and techniques that can be applied to forensic science, such as the role of ritual and slang in criminal gangs
Italian demystified by Marcel Danesi( Book )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in English and Italian and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduces the basic rules of Italian grammar, verb forms, common words and expressions, and Italian culture, and offers practice exercises, quizzes, and a glossary
The quest for meaning : a guide to semiotic theory and practice by Marcel Danesi( )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 838 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Semiotics is the study of the most critical feature of human consciousness - the capacity to create and use signs such as words and symbols for thinking, communicating, reflecting, transmitting, and preserving knowledge. The Quest for Meaning is designed as a guide to basic semiotic theory and practice, discussing and illustrating the main trends, ideas, and figures of semiotics. Written as an introduction to the field, this study makes an otherwise complex discipline accessible to the interested reader." "Marcel Danesi examines the various themes, concepts, and techniques that constitute current semiotic theory, and does so in lucid, easy-to-follow language. Cross-references between topics show the interconnectedness of many aspects of semiotic practice and promote an understanding of the subject as a whole. Danesi treats such everyday things as food, clothing, mathematics, and popular culture to semiotic readings, providing basic examples of how the discipline can be applied in everyday life." "A step-by-step introduction, The Quest for Meaning is the definitive guide for students and teachers exploring semiotics at the undergraduate level and beyond."--Jacket
501 Italian verbs by John Colaneri( )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

CD ROM contains: "Sentence completion exercises; dialogue exercises; word completion exercises; matching with English; correct answers given for all exercises."
Persuasive signs : the semiotics of advertising by Ron Beasley( )

16 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Using both verbal and nonverbal techniques to make its messages as persuasive as possible, advertising has become an integral component of modern-day social discourse designed to influence attitudes and lifestyle behaviors by covertly suggesting how we can best satisfy our innermost urges and aspirations through consumption. This book looks at the categories of this form of discourse from the standpoint of semiotic analysis. It deals with the signifying processes that underlie advertising messages in print, electronic, and digital form."--Jacket
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The puzzle instinct : the meaning of puzzles in human life
Cool : the signs and meanings of adolescenceVico, metaphor, and the origin of languageDictionary of media and communicationsCrossword Italian! : have fun learning Italian by solving crossword puzzlesEncyclopedic dictionary of semiotics, media, and communicationsUsing Italian vocabularyForever young : the teen-aging of modern cultureThe sounds, forms, and uses of Italian : an introduction to Italian linguistics
Alternative Names
Danesi, M. 1946-

Danesi, M. Marcel 1946-

Danesi, Marcel

Danesi , Marcello

Danesi Marcello 1946-....

Marcel Danesi Italiaans filosoof

Марсел Данеси

다네시, 마르셀 1946-

ダネージ, マーセル

ダネシ, マルセル

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