Semiotics (Education)

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  • The study of signs. In a broad sense, signs are anything that can stand for something else, such as words, images, sounds, objects, discourses, and text. Therefore, more precisely, semiotics studies the meanings of signs and how meanings are constructed through sign systems and their use. Semiotics allows us to understand that reality is not objective but rather constructed through meanings that are generated through codes, discourses, practices, and contexts. Semiotics owes its early development to the Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure (1857–1913) and the American pragmatist philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914).

    Saussure built his semiotic theory around the grammatical and syntactical properties of language. Shifting from the traditional sociolinguistic attention to how meaning varied over time, he focused on the differences among signs at a ...

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