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The Symbol in the System of Culture

  • Juri Lotman
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Abstract

The word “symbol” is one of the most polysemous in the system of semiotics-related fields. The expression “symbolic meaning” is widely used as a simple synonym of signification. In cases where there is some kind of relationship between expression and content or when the arbitrariness of that relationship is highlighted in a given context, scholars often speak of a symbolic function and of symbols. At the same time, Saussure contrasted symbols to conventional signs, stressing the iconic nature of the former.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juri Lotman
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  1. 1.University of TartuTartuEstonia

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