Definition of Semiotics
Semiotics (from the Greek sêmeiôtikê, from sêmeion, “sign”) is the theory and study of signs and meaning. In some theories, everything is a sign – even man and the world in which he exists. More specifically, signs can be linguistic, pictorial, architectural, vestiary, gestural, olfactory, musical, cinematic, and so on. For an overview of semiotics, visit our Introduction to Semiotics.
Theoretical and applied semiotics
As in any field, one can study semiotics using a theoretical or an applied approach. Signo might be described as a website for applied semiotic theories: Firstly, all of the theories and parts of theories presented here are directly applicable and secondly, each theory is applied to at least one object (such as a text). Each theory module of Signo includes the following sections: “Abstract”, “Theory”, “Application”, “Works Cited” and “Exercises”. You can go on our Semiotics Theories Section for a complete list of these theories.
INTRODUCTION TO SEMIOTICS AND SEMIOTIC TOOLS
- Elements of Semiotics (Introduction to Semiotics)
- Structure, Semiotic Relations and Homologation New
- Operations of Transformation New
- Semiotics of Rhythm New
- Analysis by Classification New
- Tools for Texts and Images (pdf) New version
OUR CHOICE OF SEMIOTIC THEORIES
Signo presents a small selection of semiotic theories from just a few semioticians. Some important semioticians such as Saussure, Barthes, Morris and Sebeok are noticeably absent. The following list simply reflects the current research and expertise of the members of the Signo‘s team.