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Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

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Volume 2014, Issue 202


The types of codes and their combinations: Visual perception and visual art

Georgij Yu. Somov
Published Online: 2014-10-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2014-0041


Visual perception and visual connection are implemented thanks to many codes. Formation of code typology is one of the problem of semiotics. This typology may be substantiated ontologically – through universals of heterogeneity of visual art works. Groups of elements and relations of heterogeneity that are connected with structures correspond to various codes. In accordance with this fundamental types of codes, their subtypes and combinations are allocated. The suggested chart of code typology describes the differences and peculiarities of language-type systems and texts of visual information and visual art.

Keywords: signs; semiotic systems; structures; pre-language; nonverbal systems; visual information

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Georgij Yu. Somov

Georgij Yu. Somov (b. 1946) is a professor at the Urban Design Institute in Moscow 〈georgij.somov@gmail.com〉. His research interests include the problems of design, composition in architecture, semiotics of visual art, and theoretical semiotics. His publications include “Conviviality problem in the structure of semiotic objects” (2004); “Semiotic systemity of visual artworks: Case study of The Holy Trinity by Rublev” (2007); “Structures and semiotic systems” (2007); and “The role of structures in semiotic systems (analysis of some ideas of Leonardo da Vinci and the portrait Lady with an Ermine)” (2008).

Published Online: 2014-10-01

Published in Print: 2014-10-01

Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2014, Issue 202, Pages 481–509, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2014-0041.

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