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A group devoted to semiotic inquiry, the study of signs and semiosis
Welcome to the LiveJournal semiotics community! This is a group for those interested in learning about and discussing semiotics.

     Semiotics is the study of the action or operation of signs (semiosis). It is an inherently interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspective that studies semiosis as it occurs throughout nature and culture.

     Semiosis is responsible for all meaning, whether discovered or created. It is what presents the universe as a mixture of static and dynamic quality.

     You do not have to be a professional or even an intermediate-level semiotician to join this community. If you have any interest in the vehicles of communication and relations of significance that make possible a meaningful world of experience, this community is for you.

     Also, new members are encouraged to post a “member introduction” entry (see here, for example). Tell us about yourself and what about semiotics interests or intrigues you—or even raises your eyebrow of suspicion.


Please observe the following rules. If you break a rule, you will receive one warning. A second violation will get you banned:

     1. Posts must pertain to semiotics—theoretical or applied.
     2. Please put long posts (three or more paragraphs) behind an lj-cut.
     3. Posts must be public. No disabling comments.
     4. No flaming. Trading insults and barbs is unacceptable. Do not send comments with the intent of personally attacking others. You may attack positions, not persons. For example, you may comment, “Deconstructionism is retarded.” You may not comment, “You like Derrida? What are you, a dumbass?” Not all situations are this unambiguous, but what shall count as unacceptable interpersonal conduct in this community is up to the discretion of your moderator. If you have a problem with how another member is treating you, contact your moderator immediately. Do not retaliate. Do not create a new post about the offending party.
     5. Do not complain if your post has been deleted. A moderator only deletes posts if he has a very good reason to do so.
     6. No trolling. Do not write posts or responses with the intent of disrupting rational discussion. N.B.: Known LiveJournal trolls must provide good evidence of repentance before permitted entrance to the community.
     7. No multiple accounts. Please select an account for this community and stick with it.
     8. No sexual harassment. For that matter, no nonsexual harassment, either. Just don’t harass anyone, okay?
     9. No attacking other members for their race, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, appearance, etc.
     10. No deleting comments to hide the violation of a rule. You may delete comments to correct typos, etc. Do not delete other users’ comments.
     11. No polls.
     12. No kumites.
     13. In the words of Charles S. Peirce, founder of semiotics in its modern guise: Do not block the way of inquiry.
     14. If you feel another user has violated one of the above rules, rat them out immediately.
     15. If you feel that you yourself have violated one of the above rules (including this one), confess your malfeasances and you may incur a lesser punitive consequence. Nota bene: Your moderator cannot be bribed. Except with money.

Please address all moderator inquiries via e-mail:
     essius [at] livejournal [dot] com


     Charles Peirce’s “What is a Sign?
     Susan Petrilli and Augusto Ponzio’s “What is semiotics?
     Andre de Tienne’s “Learning qua Semiosis” in .pdf
     Jeanette Bopry’s “Semiotics, Epistemology, and Inquiry
     Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy on Peirce’s sign-theory
     Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy on medieval semiotics
     John Deely’s Basics of Semiotics (1990), esp. ch. 4 (“Signs: The Medium of Semiosis”) and ch. 7 (“Retrospect: History and Theory in Semiotics”).
     John Deely’s “Two Approaches to Language: Philosophical and Historical Reflections on the Point of Departure of Jean Poinsot’s Semiotic,” The Thomist 38.4 (1974): 856-907
     John Deely’s “Reference to the Non-Existent,” The Thomist 39.2 (1975): 254-308
     Kalevi Kull’s “An introduction to phytosemiotics: Semiotic botany and vegetative sign systems,” Sign Systems Studies 28 (2000): 326-350
     Søren Brier’s summary (in .pdf) of his book Cybersemiotics: Why information is not enough!
     essius’ book review of Paul Bains’ Primacy of Semiosis: An Ontology of Relations (2006) in Journal of Consciousness Studies 15:4 (2008): 124–27 in .pdf form (yes, this is shameless self-promotion)
     Donald Favareau’s “Constructing Representema: on the Neurosemiotics of Self and Vision
     Howard A. Smith’s “Psychosemiotics and its Peircean Foundations” (in .pdf)
     Paul Bouissac’s “On Signs, Memes and Mems: for an Evolutionary Ecosemiotics
     Timo Maran’s “Structural and Semiotic Aspects of Biological Mimicry,” Biosemiotics in Transdisciplinary Contexts: Proceedings of the Gathering in Biosemiotics 6, Salzburg 2006, ed. Günther Witzany, Vilnius: Umweb, 237-43 (in .pdf)
     Timo Maran’s “Towards an integrated methodology of ecosemiotics: The concept of nature-text,” Sign Systems Studies 35 1/2 (2007): 269-94 (in .pdf)
     Ignacio Redondo’s “Embodiment and Mediation: Towards a More Robust Philosophy of Communication” (in .pdf)


     Semiotics (great resource tool)
     Arisbe: The Peirce Gateway: Home Page of the international Peirce Telecommunity
     Library of Papers Related to the Work of Charles Peirce
     Digital Encyclopedia of Charles S. Peirce
     Biosemiotics site
     Zoosemiotics site
     Semiotics of Law / Sémiotique Juridique
     Textual Semiotics
     Open Semiotics Resource Center
     Semiotics of Multimedia


     International Association for Semiotic Studies
     Semiotic Society of America
     Estonian Semiotics Association
     Canadian Semiotic Association
     Japanese Association for Semiotic Studies
     Research Center for Semiotics (Technische Universität Berlin)
     International Society for Biosemiotic Studies
     International Roundtable for the Semiotics of Law
     Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies


     Sign Systems Studies
     The American Journal of Semiotics
     Zeitschrift für Semiotik
     Applied Semiotics / Sémiotique appliquée
     International Journal of Applied Semiotics
     The Semiotic Review of Books
     International Journal for the Semiotics of Law / Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique




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