Formal conditions for the significance-effect

Torkild Thellefsen 1 , 1 , Bent Sørensen 2 , 2 , Martin Thellefsen 3 , 3 ,  and Christian Andersen 4 , 4
  • 1 Aalborg University.
  • 2 Aalborg University.
  • 3 Aalborg University.
  • 4 Aalborg University.


The significance-effect is the right effect of meaning caused upon an interpreting mind. The right effect is understood as the right interpretation of an intended meaning caused by a sign communicated by an utterer. In the article, which is inspired by Charles S. Peirce's doctrine of signs, his semeiotics and his theory of communication, we account for the formal conditions that have to be present for the release of the significance-effect.

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The official journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, founded in 1969 as one of the first scholarly journals in the field, Semiotica features articles reporting results of research in all branches of semiotic studies, in-depth reviews of selected current literature in the field, and occasional guest editorials and reports. The journal also publishes occasional Special Issues devoted to topics of particular interest.