Signified


Sign not in use by Joe Dunckley
Sign not in use by Joe Dunckley

In semiotics the signified is part of the sign. More specifically, the signified is a concept or object represented by a signifier.

M. H. Abrams says

In the area of semantics, Saussure introduced the terminology of the sign (a single word) as constituted by an inseperable union of signifier (the speech sounds or written marks composing the sign) and signified (the conceptual meaning of the sign).¹

¹ A Glossary of Literary Terms, eighth edition, Boston: Thomson, 2005, p. 149.

Related » Jean A. Baudrillard, Semiology, Zeno

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