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A Semiotic Analysis of Iconicity in Japanese Manner Posters

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Mary J. Eberhardinger (Creator)
Etsuko Kinefuchi, Assistant Professor (Contributor)
Elizabeth J. Natalle, Associate Professor (Contributor)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Advisor
Elizabeth Natalle

Abstract: This capstone conducts a synchronic textual analysis on four Japanese manner posters from the 1970s to 1980s. Manner posters have historically played a significant role in public behavior in Japanese cities since 1974. This capstone reveals how Japanese manner posters serve as communicative vehicles for commuters to follow rhetorical directives in public transportation sites. The purpose of this capstone is to reveal coded communication within the four posters that might be taken for granted by the passive viewer. Moreover, crowded Japanese contexts are ones that highly rely on nonverbal communication for civil cooperation. Several internationally iconic figures in Japanese manner posters are mainly under focus, as these icons serve as metaphors for people in everyday society.

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Other
Language: English
Date: 2012
Keywords
Japanese manner posters, civil cooperation, public transportation sites, icons