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Paul Rousseau :
Re: towards a unified terminology [TUT: sign, EP];;
Tue, 11 Jun 1996 18:34:32 -0500

>My recommendation would be that we start with the term
>SIGN.  If we could come up with some unified way of using
>this one term, quite a lot of the conceptual obfuscation we
>have all experienced would diminish......djc

I like the way John Fiskes handles the concept of sign as written in his
book "Introduction to Communication Studies."  He thinks of signs as the
basic signifying construct.  A sign is something physical, perceivable by
our senses.  It refers to something other that itself. A sign has to be
recognized by its users as a sign.

My community college students were able to understand this with a few examples.

Of course, my needs as a teacher may be different than those of you doing
research in semiotics, so keep that in mind as you read my suggestions.

>Don Cunningham
>School of Education
>Indiana University
>Bloomington, IN 47405
>
>PH:    812-856-8316
>Fax:   812-856-8440
>Email:  cunningh@indiana.edu

Paul Rousseau
St. Clair Beach, Ontario
Canada  (519) 735-7959
roussea@server.uwindsor.ca
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