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Is there an accepted symbol for the word or concept “symbol”? [closed]

Is there a standard symbol that could be used to indicate that an item in a text is to be considered as a symbol or graphic component rather than a semantic component? For example: to indicate that ⺘...
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Etymology (?) of the “shush” gesture

I'm curious about the origin of and explanation for the place-index-finger-to-closed-lips gesture. All I've found so far is this unattributed assertion that it dates at least to the era of Classical ...
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Linguistic theory of “signs”

First of all thank you all for taking the time to read me. I have been entrusted in the language course of the career I am studying to read the theory of the sign of Ferdinand de Saussure. My ...
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Design Features of Human Language and their role in Chomskyan Linguistics [closed]

Why haven't I come across any references to the DF in literature on GG? Given that the main goal of the approach lies in detecting the properties Language exhibit, what role do such long known traits ...
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What are some plausible patterns that could develop in alien languages? [closed]

I ask the question here and not in world formation because as an aspiring author I know that linguistics and other such specialists in the study of language treat the notion of language in a very ...
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How does Saussure understand prosodic aspects of language?

Did Saussure ever consider intonation/melody as part of parole and/or langue? I cannot find any indication of prosody in the "Course in General Linguistics", so maybe Saussure was concerned more with ...
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What are different types of signs? [closed]

I've read somewhere that there are different types of signs like: natural signs (smoke as a sign of fire), arbitrary signs (language signs) etc. Could someone provide me with a complete list and ...
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The differences between signifier/signified and reference/sense

I take a course in linguistics in my university, and recently we discussed a 2 terms coined by Gottlob Frege: Reference and Sense. To my understanding this duo tries to explain the distinction and ...
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Would an acronym be classified as an icon or an index?

I wonder whether an acronym should be considered as an icon or an index. On the one hand, an acronym is similar to what it stands for, on the other hand, there is often (but not always) a formulaic ...
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Semiotics & identity research

I'm studying the use of semiotics and the link to identity, I wondered if anyone could point me towards any research they knew of? I'm already reading The Semiotic Stance, Paul Kockelman 2005 & ...
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Could a constructed non-symbolic language be created?

Would the proper term for it really be "non-symbolic language"? Every language up until now uses symbols at various forms – vowel sounds and consonants are symbols; syllables, which are ...
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Where did Peirce publish his triadic model of signs?

A triadic model of signs can be found by various researchers. Probably the most famous illustration is the diagram in Ogden and Richards's The Meaning of Meaning (page 11, digitized here). It is also ...