, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 1–6 | Cite as

Introduction to Signs and Communication in Mimicry

  • Karel KleisnerEmail author
  • Timo Maran

Why dedicate a special issue of Biosemioticsto mimicry? Is there anything new one could say about mimicry that was not said elsewhere? Given the size of mimicry studies, one could argue that almost everything worth saying has been already said. But in some cases, it was a long time ago, in other cases, it was overshadowed by the mainstream opinions of the day, and yet other insights just slipped through the cracks because their authors were outsiders to the world of ‘big science.’ Biosemiotics, a discipline that studies sign systems and meaning production in the living world, approaches the phenomenon of mimicry in part by analysing iconic signs (where a sign refers to its object because of mutual resemblance) and by emphasising the intentionality of semiosis and interspecies semiotic relations. Biosemiotics thus provides a fresh approach to the study and analysis of mimicry by highlighting the communicative and meaning-laden aspects of such deceptive similarities. The goal of this...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and History of ScienceCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Department of SemioticsUniversity of TartuTartuEstonia

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