indexical signs

in·dex·i·cal signs

signs that acquire their function through a causal connection with what they signify; for example, smoke as a sign of fire.
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For instance, proverbs are employed as indexical signs of warning, condemnation, rebuke, among other things.
Other indexical signs are used to direct another person's attention like the pointing of fingers and other hand movements.
The central icons are: the celebrated Panjim jetty with docked boats and gentrified people wearing urbane European clothing, carrying no hint of compulsory dress codes; wide avenues suggestive of a well laid-out inhabited city; and the belfries of the cathedrals and church towers illustrating a visual hierarchy of indexical signs for the rationale of colonialism.
Images that represent a logical, commonsense connection to the thing or idea they represent are known as indexical signs. An example of an indexical sign could be smoke released from a smokestack above an industry building, the smoke then represents the pollution generated by company.
(24) 'Restricted' versions of the abject often appear in series which cannot truly show gore, representing this through indexical signs such as slime and goo.
(1) For the purposes of this introduction, we may begin with Wolf Schmid's recent statement: "The implied author refers to the author-image contained in a work and constituted by the stylistic, ideological, and aesthetic properties for which indexical signs can be found in the text" (161).
In semiotics, indexicality is an essential function of the sign, but to emphasize the indexical signs alone would be a misconstruction.
In indexical signs, the relation between sign and object is based on contiguity.
Peirce emphasizes such an idea regarding indexical signs:
Further illuminations from the texts are of indexical signs and second-order symbols related to the father's association with night and in particular the moon.