Intertheoricity: How to Build Bigger Models

  • Pauline Delahaye
Part of the Biosemiotics book series (BSEM, volume 19)


Creation sub-question n°1: How does intertheoricity allow us to build bigger and more efficient models in animal studies?

This chapter will introduce the concept of intertheoricity. Thus, it will return to the current academic positions regarding interdisciplinarity, to the difficulties brought by this operating mode and the way Guillaume’s theory of intertheoricity suggests solving these issues. Following this, the chapter will analyse our model of animal semiotic study, by showing how it is enabled by intertheoricity: thanks to the development of a joint methodology for language sciences and life sciences, thanks to the harmonization (and creation when needed) of definitions between fields, and thanks to opening a dialogue between different concepts across fields. Finally, this chapter will explain why such models are necessary today, whether it is to study more complex subjects, compensate for the over-specialization of researchers, or optimize the impact of research.


Intertheoricity Interdisciplinarity Linguistics Biology Theoretical models 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pauline Delahaye
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  1. 1.Paris-Sorbonne UniversityParisFrance

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