Semiotic analysis of textual communication in Snow by Julia Alvarez
Keywordsstandards of textuality
Language and Literature
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AbstractThe use of literary texts in language classes does not find enough space within the scope of English languageteaching programs in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) settings, where direct exposure to second language(L2) is considerably limited due to pseudo communicative language teaching environment. Literary texts provideample opportunity for the learner to study the target language in a natural way with all the necessary corpora richin powerful textual communication where linguistic, pragmatic and literary studies are presented in the samemedium concurrently. The whole idea behind this article is not to substitute criticism for literature, but to make itthe object of study in an inter-textual system of relations by connecting one text to the already existing onescreated in the same literary tradition. The relation between semiotic analysis and textual communication withreference to the seven standards of textuality is provided within a mellifluent blend for the sake ofcomprehensive understanding of the semiotic analysis of textual communication in the story. Textual analysis ofthe story by considering all the standards of textuality is displayed with all the necessary input in order for thelearner to move on to semiotic analysis of textual communication in the short story. Semiotic analysis of thestory is presented in line with the accepted strategies of the reading activity developed in consecutive steps.Having provided with the phases of the approach the reader is expected to develop a comprehensive view of howto become autonomous learner responsible for his own learning. The reader not only develops the interpretativeskills by acquiring the accepted strategies of semiotic analysis, but also enhances awareness of life, for literarystudies help develop a thorough perception of life by going through the private psychological experience of theprotagonist. The reader is expected to appreciate and acquire the sort of wisdom lying behind the moral lesson ofthe story to understand life better, and in turn to appreciate the unalienable human rights that guarantee freedomof the mankind in this world.