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Eight Common Fallacies of Elementary Semiotics

Charls Pearson
From the journal Chinese Semiotic Studies


In this essay, eight fallacies of elementary semiotics are presented, analyzed from an empirical viewpoint, and corrected to the best of my present knowledge. These eight fallacies are called:

The Sign Fallacy

The Fallacy of Interpretation at a Distance

The Fallacy of Instantaneous Interpretation

The One-Way Interpretability Fallacy

The Inference Fallacy

The Fallacy of Things

The Fallacy of Isolation

The Realism Fallacy

By properly sensing and correcting these eight fallacies, we may see more deeply into semiotic structure, allowing us to develop theories more representative of that structure and thus reach a better understanding of the underlying semiotic reality. This advance in depth of understanding is comparable to the difference in depth of understanding of physical reality allowed by Aristotelian physics and that allowed by Newtonian physics. We can be optimistic, however, since we have the Einsteinian revolution in semiotics to look forward to.


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Published Online: 2017-11-16
Published in Print: 2017-11-27

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