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The Discourse of Advertising (Interface) [Hardcover]

Guy Cook
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19 July 2001 0415234549 978-0415234542 2
The Discourse of Advertising explores the language of contemporary advertising. Cook argues that advertisements are always in complex interaction with the texts around them, with music and pictures, and with the people who make and experience them. This second edition addresses contemporary advertising in the context of current changes in communication. Advertisements span a range of mediums from billboards to email and the author sensitively analyses their social functions and effects on the individual. New advertisements include those for Barnardos and the Royal Navy,Philips, Wonderbra and Wrigleys, and the book has also been substantially rewritten. This is a comprehensive and invaluable reference guide to all aspects of the language of advertising.


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (19 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415234549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415234542
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 15.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,237,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Discourse of Advertising is a very readable book that is well suited for undergraduate students whatever their academic background (literature, linguistics, cultural studies, communication studies, etc.). The balance between theory and practice is excellent. Advertising examples are mostly recent, and taken from a variety of supports (e.g. billboards, Internet, TV, magazines). The application of theoretical concepts to ads and literature provides a better understanding of these concepts, and especially allows for the distinction between the two genres. An excellent introductory tool not only to the field of advertising but also to the larger field of discursive studies in general, provided that instructors complete it with examples of ads particularly meaningful for their students.."
-Elisabeth Le, University of Alberta, Canada

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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Exploration of Advertising 26 Sep 2005
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Many works that deal with advertising texts operate on an elementary, purely descriptive level aimed at providing AS/A2-level English or Media Studies students with a basic appreciation of advertising methodologies. Alternatively, they are written by academics and from a sociological perspective and, as such, they engage to a great extent in political comment. The Discourse of Advertising is a scholarly yet very accessible exploration of the linguistic and semiotic elements of, and techniques employed in, advertising and as such this book provides an excellent point of reference to students, researchers and commentators interested in this topic.
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