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Saussurean Linguistics & Semiotics

In Saussurean linguistics, words do not mean or “refer” to things themselves. Ferdinand de Saussure's theory of the linguistic sign triggers interested in duality and preconceived knowledge, He believed a "a linguistic unit to be a ‘double entity.'" ergo made up of two elements. Studies into the Linguistic Unit – Sign, Signified and Signifier, a further understanding of semiotics begins. Semiotics is the "the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation." Language is a "structured system of signs" combined meaning and "sound-image." Images are Mental Impressions. Perception how we view language - or see words.

The word is the sign.

The sound image is the signifier.

The social definition is the signifies.

Refer to Magritte: This Is Not A Pipe.




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