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Algirdas Julien Greimas

Overview page. Subjects: Linguistics — Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

(1917–92)

*Structuralist, semiologist, whose work influenced figures as diverse as Roland Barthes and Fredric Jameson (an avid exponent of Greimas's semiotic squares). He was part...

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denotation and connotation

Overview page. Subjects: Linguistics — Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

Two interrelated orders of meaning operating simultaneously in a single cultural object: the first order, denotation, functions to state ‘what is’; the second order, connotation, functions...

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dialogism

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies — Linguistics.

1. In literary works, Bakhtin's term for a style of discourse in which characters express a variety of (potentially contradictory) points of view rather than being mouthpieces...

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Louis Hjelmslev

Overview page. Subjects: Linguistics — Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

(1899–1965), Danish linguist, founder and leader of the Linguistic Circle of Copenhagen.

He counts as one of the major exponents of European structural linguistics after Saussure....

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synchronic and diachronic

Overview page. Subjects: Linguistics — Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

A binary pair introduced by Ferdinand de Saussure to define the two available temporal axes for the analysis of language, which can logically be extended to encompass virtually all forms of...

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