The arbitrary nature of the sign

  title={The arbitrary nature of the sign},
  author={Christopher M. Hutton},
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… 

Five mechanisms of sound symbolic association

A number of outstanding questions that need to be addressed on this topic are identified and next steps for the field are suggested.

Linguistic motivation and its lexicographical application

The theme of this paper is lhe inclusion in dictionaries of various types of motiva­ tional information. Following Lakoff (1987) motivational information (also referred lo as motiva­ tional



Tractatus logico-philosophicus : Logisch-philosophische Abhandlung

First published : [i]Annalen der Naturphilosophie[/i] (Leipzig). Vol. 14, 1921, pp. 185-186 et 199-262.

Collected Papers, vols

  • 1931

L'arbitraire du signe: zur Spätgeschichte eines aristotelischen

  • Semiotica
  • 1979

Complements a l ' arbitraire

  • Cahiers Ferdinand de Saussure
  • 1985

Arbitraire et contingence in the semiotics of the eighteenth century

  • Semiotica
  • 1984