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Theses on the semiotic study of cultures (as applied to Slavic texts)
Theses on the semiotic study of cultures (as applied to Slavic texts)

Author(s): Boris Uspenskij, Alexander Pjatigorskij, Vyacheslav Vsevolodovich Ivanov, Vladimir N. Toporov, Juri M. Lotman
Subject(s): Semiotics / Semiology
Published by: TARTU ÜLIKOOLI KIRJASTUS

Summary/Abstract: 1.0.0. In the study of culture the initial premise is that all human activity concerned with the processing, exchange, and storage of information possesses a certain unity. Individual sign systems, though they presuppose immanently organized structures, function only in unity, supported by one another. None of the sign systems possesses a mechanism which would enable it to function in isolation. Hence it follows that, together with an approach which permits us to construct a series of relatively autonomous sciences of the semiotic cycle, we shall also admit another approach, according to which all of them examine particular aspects of the semiotics of culture, of the study of the functional correlation of different sign systems. From this point of view particular importance is attached to questions of the hierarchical structure of the languages of culture, of the distribution of spheres among them, of cases in which these spheres intersect or merely border upon each other.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 13
  • Page Range: 53-77
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: English