Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Semiotics, Overview

  • Sayyed Mohsen Fatemi
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_396


Semiotics is the scientific study of sign systems and is associated with American philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914) as the founder of the science of signs. In the meantime, semiology focuses on the science of signs too and is identified with the Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure (1857–1913).

Semiotics is now used to incorporate both systems and explores the relationship between meaning and text in its broadest sense including television, movies, radio programs, works of art, painting, and magazines.

Semiotics appeared as an aspiration to bring about a scientific presentation of rules, codes, laws, and systems of human practices and interactions. In defining the task of semiotics, Saussure (1974) indicated the chief principles of semiotics as being concerned with the formulation and encoding of messages by sources, the transmission of these messages through channels, the decoding and interpretation of these messages by destinations, and their signification....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA