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Semiosis, Semiotics, Signos Website — Some Avenues

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.



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.



■ Derrida ■ Deconstruction and Différance
■ Eco ■ Semiotic Process and the Classification of Signs, ■ Textual Cooperation, ■ Modes of Sign Production
■ Fontanille ■ Tensive Model
■ Genette ■ Narratology
■ Greimas ■ Actantial Model, ■ Figurative, Thematic and Axiological Analysis, ■ Thymic Analysis, ■ Semiotic Square, ■ Veridictory Square, ■ Narrative Program, ■ Canonical Narrative Schema
■ Hjelmslev ■ Semiotic Hierarchy
■ Jakobson ■ The Functions of Language
■ Klinkenberg ■ Sign Structures
■ Kristeva ■ Semiology of Paragrams, ■ Semanalysis. Engendering the Formula, ■ Subject in Process
■ Peirce ■ Peirce’s Semiotics, ■ Peirce’s Esthetics
■ Rastier ■ Interpretive Semantics, ■ Semic Analysis, ■ Semantic Graph, ■ Ontology and Veridiction in Dialogics
■ Riffaterre ■ Text Derivation, ■ Poetic Language, ■ Literariness and Significance
■ Todorov ■ Semiotics of Todorov
■ Wittgenstein ■ Wittgenstein’s Language Games
■ Zilberberg ■ Tensive Model

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