Marcel Danesi was born in Lucca, Italy. He has a Ph.D. in Italian Linguistics and is the Director of the Program in Semiotics and Communication Theory and Professor of Semiotics and Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Danesi has been a visiting professor at Rutgers University, the University of Rome La Sapienza, the Catholic University of Milan, and has given lectures throughout the academic world. He also holds an appointment at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education as a professor and researcher in bilingual education. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1998, founded a research center (Center for Communication and Information Sciences), and is the Editor-in-Chief of Semiotica, the official journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies. Dr. Danesi has authored and co-authored numerous language manuals for the study of Italian and Spanish, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, among other print publications, and he has been a guest on several broadcast outlets including National Public Radio. About the Publisher In the 1930s, Manuel H. Barron opened a bookstore in Brooklyn, New York. People from the community asked Mr. Barron about books that might be available to help their children study for the New York State Regents exams. After realizing there wasn't anything available, Mr. Barron created his own study guides. 80 years later, Barron's has helped millions of people prepare for their next step.