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Semiology (or Semiotics)

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Semiology (or Semiotics) is the study of signs. The term was coined by Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913), and semiology was originally taken to be a science.

But more recent theorists in several disciplines have questioned the entire notion of the “scientific enterprise,” which some regard as just another sign.

Indeed, semiology includes or, one could say, branches off into postmodern deconstruction, an approach which questions the distinction between denotation and connotation, along with many other culturally implied truth claims, normative structures and practices.

Some argue that pioneering semiologists like Roland Barthes contained the seeds of what would become known as a postmodern approach.
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Funnily enough, Wikipedia on one page argues that

Semiotics (also called semiotic studies; [is] not to be confused with the Saussurean tradition called semiology which is a part of semiotics).”

But in the link to Ferdinand de Saussure Wikipedia combines the two:

“He is widely considered one of the fathers of 20th-century linguistics[4][5][6][7] and one of two major fathers (together with Charles Sanders Peirce) of semiotics/semiology.

Related » Jean Baudrillard, Michel Foucault, Signified, Signifier, Structuralism, Wittgenstein

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  1. sign language takes anything and everything as a series of signs. A sign of nature is in the form of a signature…take the cracked walnut kernel and the human brain or the kidney beans and the human kidneys…or the chickpea and clitoris. A leaf’s veins resemble human veins and an apple seen from the top looks like a beer belly.

    as for deconstruction it may be immoral but than immorality is simply an immense morality. I mean does the universe give two hoots about puny man and his constipated and rigidly confined moralistic nature.

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