Language Theory

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Barthes: Semiotics

  • Texts communicate their meanings through a process of signification.
  • Order of signification: Denotation, Connotation, Myth, Ideology.
  • Constructed meanings can come to seem self evident, achieveing myth status through a process of natrualisation.
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Neale: Genre Theory

  • Genres may be dominated by repetition, but are also marked by difference, variation and change.
  • Genres change, develop, and vary, as they borrow from and overlap with on another.
  • Genres exist within economic, instittional and industrial contexts. 
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Levi Strauss: Structuralism

  • Texts can be understood through examining their underlying structure.
  • Meaning is dependent upon pairs of oppositions.
  • How these binary oppositions are resolved can have ideological significance.
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Baudrillard: Postmodernism

  • In postmodernism culture the boundaries between the `real` world and the world of the media are no longer distinguishable.
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Todorov: Narratology

  • All narratives share a basic structure that involves a momvement from one state of equilibrium to another.
  • These two states of equilibrium are seperated by a period of disequilibrium
  • Resolution can have ideological significance.
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Propp: Character Theory

8 distinct character types.

  • The Villain
  • The Hero
  • The Donor
  • The Helper
  • The Princess
  • Her Father
  • The Dispatcher
  • The False Hero
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Barthes: Codes

5 codes that describe the meaning of a text:

  • Hermuetic
  • Semantic 
  • Symbolic
  • Proairetic
  • Cultural
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Goodwin: Music Video Theory

5 key aspects of music videos construction.

  • Thought beats: Seeing the sound
  • Narrative and Preformance
  • The star image
  • Relation of visuals to song
  • Technical aspects of the Music video
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