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Terry Prewitt :
Re: towards a unified terminology;
Mon, 10 Jun 1996 10:56:13 CDT

In the 1920s the general systems theorists pushed one of many movements
attempting to unify scientific terms... and such terms as entropy,
information, etc. were part of that play.  Yet scientists today seem not
to have achieved the terminological precision many people attribute to them.

Some years ago I came to the opinion that semiology and semiotic (as theories)
were constructed of quite different conceptual stuff.  It is not that one is
intrinsically better than the other (or any of the others you note... and may
the gods help us, did you list Charls Pearson's universal sign theory in your
list?). So, though we might agree on a set of terms for use here, even if we
were to successfully create a meta-language for semiotic concepts, what horror
of terms would that entail?

TJP

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