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

Knowlton, Steven A.
November 2012
Raven: A Journal of Vexillology;2012, Vol. 19, p57
Academic Journal
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.


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