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New Semiotics: Canada's New Initiatives

Stéphanie Walsh Matthews and Marcel Danesi
From the journal Chinese Semiotic Studies


Canada’s relationship to semiotics has been one of engagement, isolation, continued interest, and convergence. Semiotics in Canada has existed for a considerable period of time and, recently, has made itself a niche in the academic landscape by focusing on applications in three specific fields-forensics, robotics, and mathematics. Through our survey of the evolution of semiotics in adjacent and parallel fields, we demonstrate how semiotics serves as a veritable bridge between the sciences and the humanities. Providing a historical, contextual, and heuristic mapping of semiotics as it is currently used in Canadian institutions provides new inroads and applications that are required for the continued success of semiotics.

Published Online: 2014-5-30
Published in Print: 2014-6-1

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