THE MASTER. — So you were in love, then?
JACQUES. — Was I not!
THE MASTER. — And because of a bullet shot?
JACQUES. — Because of a bullet shot.
THE MASTER. — You have never told me a word about it.
JACQUES. — I dare say I have not.
THE MASTER. — And why not?
JACQUES. — Because it couldn't have been told any sooner or any later.
THE MASTER. — And the time to tell of your loves has now come?
JACQUES. — Who knows?
THE MASTER. — Well, in any case, start on them.
Michel Foucault proposed a linkage between linguistic signs and their cultures, stating that language practices help to maintain assumptions in a culture by serving as a tool for knowing and constructing the world. He calls this connection between the physical reality and the discursive reality the “dominant discourse” and gives the example of “ freedom ” in the United States . The “freedom” stressed in the . places emphasis on the individual, unhampered, and this viewpoint persists despite workplaces that require subordination and laws that refine freedom’s limits. “Freedom” in the . persists in being defined as such, despite physical realities to the contrary (Rivkin, 54)
To explain the relationship between semiotics and communication studies , communication is defined as the process of transferring data and-or meaning from a source to a receiver. Hence, communication theorists construct models based on codes, media, and contexts to explain the biology , psychology , and mechanics involved. Both disciplines recognize that the technical process cannot be separated from the fact that the receiver must decode the data, ., be able to distinguish the data as salient , and make meaning out of it. This implies that there is a necessary overlap between semiotics and communication. Indeed, many of the concepts are shared, although in each field the emphasis is different. In Messages and Meanings: An Introduction to Semiotics , Marcel Danesi (1994) suggested that semioticians' priorities were to study signification first, and communication second. A more extreme view is offered by Jean-Jacques Nattiez (1987; trans. 1990: 16), who, as a musicologist , considered the theoretical study of communication irrelevant to his application of semiotics.