The arbitrary nature of the sign

  title={The arbitrary nature of the sign},
  author={C. Hutton},
  • C. Hutton
  • Published 1989
  • Philosophy
  • This paper is concerned with the notion of the arbitrariness of the sign and with the complementary notion of iconic or mimetic representation. Saussure's Cours de linguistique gener ale (1949) offers here a framework within which fundamental semiotic concepts can be discussed, and through which the logic of our thinking about signs can be explored. It is argued in Coseriu (1967) that the notion of the arbitrariness of the sign has been central to Western thinking about language since the… CONTINUE READING
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