Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Semiotics, also called semiotic studies or (in the Saussurean tradition) semiology, is the study of signs and sign processes (semiosis), indication, designation, likeness, analogy, metaphor, symbolism, signification, and communication. Semiotics is closely related to the field of linguistics, which, for its part, studies the structure and meaning of language more specifically. Semiotics is often divided into three branches:
  • Semantics: Relation between signs and the things to which they refer; their denotata, or meaning
  • Syntactics: Relations among signs in formal structures
  • Pragmatics: Relation between signs and the effects they have on the people who use them
Semiotics is basically the study of signs their indications and what they mean. It the study of signs and there meanings such as sign langauage. Every sign has a meaning in sign langauage by use of the hand. A symbol is given the coinsides with a meaning. So a person that is deaf can recognize the symbol as a word therefore giveing meaning to that symbol which projects Semiotics. Semiotics is also seen in chinese. There are specific charecters given to chinese words and leters. These charecters have meaning showing that there part of semiotics. A chinese symbol could mean blood or trust thus giving a sign to the symbol. Semiotics alos shows the relation between signs and the effects they have on people who use them.
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