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Semiotics and Semiology

  • By: Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
  • In: Encyclopedia of Communication Theory
  • Edited by: Stephen W. Littlejohn & Karen A. Foss
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Communication Theory

Semiotics is the study of signs and sign systems. It grew out of two entirely separate traditions in the early 1900s: Semiology (semiologie in the original French), proposed by Ferdinand de Saussure, a linguist in Switzerland, as an extension of psychology; and semiotic, proposed ...

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