semiotics

(redirected from semiotician)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to semiotician: semiology, semiological, semiologist

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,

References in periodicals archive ?
Yet this critical exercise is part of the business of a semiotician, always on the lookout for implicit, unthought-of, outcrops of meaning effects that return to deeper immanent structures.
The French semiotician applies the notions defined in Mythologies and Elements du Semiologie within his largest semiotic study dedicated to the fashion system.
The Italian semiotician establishes four enunciative configurations according to the nature of shot involved: the objective view, the interpellation, the subjective view and the impossible objective view.
Suffice it to recall the Finnish semiotician Eero Tarasti's hypothesis, offered in his most illuminating preface for Botz-Bornstein's book, that Sesemann may have stood behind the emergence of modern semiotics, and that he may have provided a methodological and interpretive framework for it.
It leads to recognizing the commitment, for each human individual--but above all of the semiotician who deals specifically with semiotic processes--to caring for life in all its aspects.
This approach to the text warrants a methodology defined as narrative semiology, as developed mostly by the semiotician Algirdas Greimas.
He is "a combination of Sherlock Holmes, a philosophical skeptic, a semiotician, and a monk" (Bondanella 104); a monk-semiotician then, with a peculiar probing strategy.
So argues semiotician Marcel Danesi in Forever Young, an unforgiving look at modern culture's incessant drive to create a 'teen-aging' of adult life.
But Miss Givhan, as befits a fashion correspondent, is not really a semiotician, except in the sense that we are all semioticians nowadays.
For this reviewer, however, it is chapter 3, on Eugene Onegin the opera, that demonstrates the stature and scope of Gasparov as cultural semiotician.
He has maintained his interest in symbolist and Parnassian poetry throughout his career, with the semiotician making way for the scholar concerned with the text itself.