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A Semiotic Perspective on the Language of Science

Abraham Solomonick
From the journal Chinese Semiotic Studies

Abstract

A scientific language is created by combining the three layers of signs that I describe in this paper: technical terms (some of them being concepts), normal language and symbols. Every scientific language is different because the groups of signs that can express the main features of the particular science are different. If these features can only be expressed using pictures and words, the extent to which they can be deeply and unambiguously described is limited. If the objects under investigation can be given multiple designations using highly abstract signs (symbols), we must develop new ways to handle and analyze them

Published Online: 2014-4-26
Published in Print: 2012-12-1

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