Signs

In todays CTS lesson we talked about signs and their meanings. At first we played a game of pictionary where students drew signs or symbols to describe different words. It was interesting to see how people use different symbols for words.

Semiotics is the study of signs and symbols and how they are used. Everyone is a semiotic and we are used to make connections to other things if we see something. It could remind us of something which is already imbedded into our heads. Often we have many different interpretations for symbols because we all live in dissimilar environments and see things in other ways.
Those signs do not have to be only visual but can also be aural or a smell.

  1. SEMIOTICS; Charles Sanders Pierce
  2. SEMIOLOGY; Ferdinand de Saussure
  3. MYTH; Roland Barthes

ad.1. -Icon: simplified version of a thing
-Index: sign that points to something else
-Symbol: arbitrary relationship; written word

example:
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sign=sensory thing that is associated with a meaning
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The signifier is the person who says a word e.g. ‘horse’ and the signified is the person who gets ideas/connotations popping up when hearing the word.

denotation: defines word in dictionary
connotation: different connections, ideas, links

Saussure was more interested in the language and denotation whereas Barthes was more interested in the connotation of a symbol.

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References:

http://www.britannica.com/biography/Charles-Sanders-Peirce

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-semiotics-and-semiology

An A to Z of Theory Roland Barthes’s Mythologies: A Critical Theory of Myths

 

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