Signs Conveying Information: On the Range of Peirce's Notion of Propositions – Dicisigns

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Abstract

This chapter introduces Peirce's notion of proposition, "Dicisign." It goes through its main characteristics and argues that its strengths have been overlooked. It does not fall prey to some of the problems in the received notion of propositions (their dependence upon language, upon compositionality, upon human intention). This implies that the extension of Peircean Dicisigns is wider in two respects: they comprise 1) propositions not or only partially linguistic, using in addition gesture, picture, diagrams, etc.; 2) non-human propositions in biology studied by biosemiotics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmpirical Research on Semiotics and Visual Rhetoric
EditorsMarcel Danesi
Number of pages16
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI global
Publication date2018
Pages177-192
Chapter8
ISBN (Print)1522556222, 9781522556220
ISBN (Electronic)9781522556237
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Semiotics
  • Propositions
  • Dicisigns
  • Multimodal

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