Rethinking the Peircean trichotomy of icon, index, and symbol
Semiotica: Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies
De Gruyter Mouton
classification of signs, Peircean trichotomy, index, icon, symbol, sign emergence and evolution
Classification of signs into various kinds is a vital enterprise in semio- tic research. As early as over a century ago, the American semiotician Charles Sanders Peirce laid down a solid foundation for this work by proposing his famous trichotomy of signs. Later scholars have been mostly applying Peirce’s theory to their own semiotic studies rather than challenging the inadequacies that exist therein, thus giving rise to a great number of confusions or even contradictions. The present article modifies Peirce’s theory from the perspective of sign emergence and evolution and emphasizes the importance of understanding sign transformations.
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Ding, E. (2016). Rethinking the Peircean trichotomy of icon, index, and symbol. Semiotica: Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, 2016(213), 165-175. doi: 10.1515/sem-2015-0134