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semiotics

 [se″me-ot´iks]
1. the study of signs and symbols.

se·mi·ot·ics

, semeiotics (sē'mē-ot'iks, sem-e-),
1. The general philosophic theory of signs and symbols in communication, having three branches: syntactics, semantics, and pragmatics.
2. Obsolete term for symptomatology.
[see semiotic]

semiotics

/se·mi·ot·ics/ (-iks) symptomatology.

semiotics

The study of signs, including words, symbols, gestures and body language, and of their cardinal role in conveying information. Semiotic studies suggest that meaning, although it may often seem self-evident, is always the result of social conventions. Cultures can be analyzed in terms of a series of sign systems. One difficulty, perhaps responsible for a certain vagueness in discussion of the subject, is that the experts have never been able to reach full agreement on the exact definition of the central terms ‘sign’, ‘symbol’ and ‘signal’.

semiotics

the study of communication between organisms.

semiotics,

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