Cultural Studies Terms/Sign

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1. Chief Theorist

Ferdinand-Mongin de Saussure (1857-1913)

2. Definition

A sign, which is a part of language and can be in the form of a picture, sound or object, is something that represents something else. The two elements which are used to specify a sign are the signifier, the form of something such as its word or image; and the signified, the idea or concept in one's head. A sign is arbitrary and has no fixed meaning. It is also selective and abstract.

3. Related Terms

Signifier, Signified, Semiotics, Langue, Parole

4. Illustration

Please find the illustrated explanation by clicking the above mentioned link

5. Links

6. Sources

Secondary Sources:

Hall, Stuart (2003). Representation: Cultural representations and signifying practices. London, Thousand Oaks, New Deli: The Sage publications.

Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary (10th ed.). (1993). Springfield, MA: Merriam Webster.