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Sign not in use by Joe Dunckley

Sign not in use by Joe Dunckley

In semiotics the signifier is part of the sign. The signifier is usually taken to be a word or image that represents a signified.

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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