The Semiology of Orientation in Urban Space

  • Georges Mounin
Part of the Topics in Contemporary Semiotics book series (TICSE, volume 158)


The word “semiology” currently has at least two meanings. On the one hand it means the scientific study of all human communication systems except natural language; the study of road signs, maritime signals, railway signals, and so forth, is part of this semiology. On the other hand it signifies the study of all human phenomena to the extent that they have anthropological meaning; the study of the meaning of Cistercian architecture for the society that produced it, the study of the popularity of vacation homes, the study of the variation in the forms of automobile bodies, and so on, are part (at least in Europe, for the followers, conscious or otherwise, of Roland Barthes) of this semiology. This does not prevent certain phenomena—style of dress, for example—from belonging, depending on the society, to one or the other of these two semiologies or, in varying proportions, to both at once.


Urban Space Road Sign Orientation System Vacation Home Natural Landmark 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georges Mounin
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  1. 1.University of ProvenceAix-MarseillesFrance

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