User:BACS Group: 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

Example with explanation:

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.