TITLE

Applying Sebeok's Typology of Signs to the Study of Flags

AUTHOR(S)
Knowlton, Steven A.
PUB. DATE
November 2012
SOURCE
Raven: A Journal of Vexillology;2012, Vol. 19, p57
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article considers the relationship between American semiotician Thomas A. Sebeok's typology of signs and the symbolic aspects of flags. The author describes Sebeok's work and its application to the study of flags, also known as vexillology, with a particular focus on his six types of signs: signal, symptom, icon, index, symbol, and name. The attribution of flags as signals, icons, indexes, and symbols is also analyzed. Attention is also paid to flag patterns, such as crosses found in all of the Scandinavian banners, and what they represent.
ACCESSION #
84518898

 

Related Articles

  • Action in signs. Luure, Andres // Sign Systems Studies;2009, Vol. 37 Issue 1-2, p270 

    The present article discusses sign typology from the perspective of action which is conceived as having a sextet structure. The relation between means and purpose in action is analogous to the relation between sign and meaning. The greater the degree in which the action has purpose, the less...

  • Editors' comment. Emmeche, Claus; Hoffmeyer, Jesper; Kull, Kalevi // Sign Systems Studies;2002, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p11 

    An introduction is presented in which the editors discuss topics related to computational genomics, including the influence of the late Thomas A. Sebeok, a member of the editorial board of the journal, research on semiotic biology, and the contents of the volume focusing on the discussions at...

  • Action in signs. Luure, Andres // Sign Systems Studies;2009, Vol. 37 Issue 1/2, p270 

    The present article discusses sign typology from the perspective of action which is conceived as having a sextet structure. The relation between means and purpose in action is analogous to the relation between sign and meaning. The greater the degree in which the action has purpose, the less...

  • SOBRE SUJEITOS RACIONAIS E APAIXONADOS. Da Cruz, Dílson Ferreira // Alfa: Revista de Lingüística;2009, Vol. 53 Issue 2, p429 

    Rhetoric has dealt with an unbearable schism since its birth: on the one hand, Plato claimed that the speaker must search for good and truth. He has to follow Logic and be supported by a sober speech, the logos, in which reason prevails; for Palto things are worth per se. On the other, on the...

  • Protosemiotics and physicosemiosis. Nöth, Winfried // Sign Systems Studies;2001, Vol. 29 Issue 1, p13 

    Protosemiotics is the study of the rudiments of semiosis, primarily in nature. The extension of the semiotic field from culture to nature is both necessary and possible in the framework of Peirce's semiotic theory. Against this extension, the critique of pansemiotism has been raised. However,...

  • Disaster semiotics: An alternative 'global semiotics'? Han-liang Chang // Sign Systems Studies;2006, Vol. 34 Issue 1, p215 

    Thomas A. Sebeok's global semiotics has inspired quite a few followers, noticeably Marcel Danesi, Susan Petrilli and Augusto Ponzio. However, for all the trendiness of the word, the very concept of global should be subject to more rigorous examination, especially within today's ecological and...

  • A sign is not alive - a text is. Kull, Kalevi // Sign Systems Studies;2002, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p327 

    The article deals with the relationships between the concepts of life process and sign process, arguing against the simplified equation of these concepts. Assuming that organism (and its particular case - cell) is the carrier of what is called 'life', we attempt to find a correspondent notion in...

  • STATE SYMBOLS.  // Alaska Almanac;2011, Issue 33, p212 

    The article offers a description of different symbols representing the state of Alaska. These symbols are the state flag designed by the seventh-grade Aleut boy Benny Benson in 1926, the seal designed by the first governor of Alaska in 1884 and redesigned by Gov. Walter E. Clark in 1910, and the...

  • Jakobson: Translation as imputed similarity. Osimo, Bruno // Sign Systems Studies;2008, Vol. 36 Issue 2, p315 

    Jakobson, in his essays, has tried to insert Peirce's typology of signs (icon, index, symbol) in his own binary logic, in which every feature of a text may be considered or dismissed either with a 0 or with a 1 (absent, present). In so doing, he used the features "similarity versus contiguity"...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics