Translated from the Swedish version, explains the functions, meanings, history, and systems of about graphic symbols known in western culture. In this unique dictionary, Carl G. Liungman puts approximately 2, Western graphic symbols at your fingertips. Each entry includes the sign’s history. Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more.

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Jul 30, Denise added it. However, it might’ve helped if I got a more modern book since there are so many new symbols and logos today.

Lists with This Book. Several articles at the beginning of the book discuss the various uses of these signs and symbols around the world. Well illustrated, strong and easily understood explanations of each symbol, and an excellent cross-referencing system for locating the symbols you want. If a Western or ancient symbol existed before the book’s publication date, it is likely to appear in this book. Explore the Home Gift Guide. But I do not feel that author is consistent here, and that subjectivity prevails.

Symbols vary from modern to ancient, and from informative symbols to symbols used to reveal hidden information. These and many other questions of similar nature are knowledgeably and enjoyably explored in this very impressive book. The obvious new-age bias of the book aside, it’s also laid out in a symbos format.

Books by Carl G. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The Word Index specifies signs with a given name or meaning, along with subject headings. Giulietta rated it really liked it Nov 15, Showing of 37 reviews.


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Symbols range from the typographical to the abstract, from the iconographic to the metaphorical, from the simple to the car. It is interesting to note that ancient Chinese writing remained ideographic; the Liungman speculates that this facilitated universal understanding of written materials among people who spoke many languages. While a fascinating topic and a great collection of symbols from a broad range of subjects, it’s hard to take seriously as a reliable resource when the entries are frequently incomplete, subjective, or just plain wrong.

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The author includes both word and symbol indices to help the reader locate particular symbols of interest. Want to Read saving…. Nov 08, Virdilak rated it it was amazing. Joseph rated it it was amazing Jun 15, Liungman puts approximately 2, Western graphic symbols at your fingertips.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Two indexes aid the reader. With this information, the reader can scan the headers of the dictionary to find the symbol. AuthorTranslatorEditorOtherIllustrator. Readers who are interested in language, esoteric symbols, communications, and the universal nature of certain symbols will enjoy this book.

Each entry includes the sign’s history, its meanings, and Jul 03, Robin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Semiotik, strukturalism, semiologi by Carl G Liungman Book 4 editions published in in Swedish and Danish and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

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Having already used dozens of books on visual symbols, symbolism, and related subjects for my research, I didn’t find very much in the way of ancient history of symbols in this book. No eBook available Amazon. The third index, the Graphic Search Index, begins with a one-page glossary of the descriptive terms, with examples. Vansinnets historia under den klassiska epoken by Michel Foucault Book 3 editions published between and in Swedish and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

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Dictionary of Symbols by Carl G. Luingman

Dictionary of symbols by Carl G Liungman Book 39 editions published between and in English and German and held by 2, WorldCat member libraries worldwide This is a dictionary of graphic symbols, unique in that the symbols may be accessed by identifying four visible characteristics, with an introduction discussing the function of graphic symbols, their cultural history, and more.

Most books on symbols confine themselves to higher level abstractions such as “the lion” or “mercury” or the letters of the alphabet.

Two indexes aid the reader. The signs range from ideograms carved in mammoth teeth by Cro-Magnon men, to hobo signs and subway graffiti. Nevertheless, the author fails to sort in any recognizable pattern the symbols within dictionart groups. Dictionary of Symbols Carl G. Please try again later. Dictionay this unique dictionary, Carl G.

The first is a word index, which unfortunately seems quite lacking in vernacular. This book has thousands of symbols that are categorized so that they are fast and easy to find using the author’s indexes.

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