TITLE

SEMIOTICS AND LANGUAGE LEARNING: SPEECH AS A SOCIOLINGUISTIC PHENOMENON

AUTHOR(S)
Kumral, Necat
PUB. DATE
September 2009
SOURCE
Ekev Academic Review;Fall2009, Vol. 13 Issue 41, p481
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Semiotics is a discipline rather than a science as it is hard to record observable behaviours to collect the data needed for further analysis in terms of signs used as signifiers in the context of actual communication system known as 'speech' as opposed to 'language', which is a virtual abstract system already stored in the mind of speakers. Speech is then how people use their language in a given situation to communicate across their ideas, beliefs, emotions, and the like in order to express them properly. Semiotics deals with speech rather than language as an abstract system since communication is the core of interaction actualised in a social setting. Semiotics as a study of communication in all settings without reservation draws on signs that turn into signifiers to refer to something existing in the real world or the virtual world. Communication breakdown occurs somewhere along the signification process when there is mismatch between the sign (words as linguistic symbols) as a signifier and the signified, the concept or the idea activated in the mind of the listener/reader by the signifier concerned. What matters in a social context, therefore, is not what you say but rather how you say, why you say it, and particularly what you mean by it. This article focuses on semiotic aspect of speech as a social interaction phenomenon for communication in the context of EFL pedagogy.
ACCESSION #
48215393

 

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