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Semiotic systems of works of visual art: Signs, connotations, signals

Georgij Yu. Somov

Citation Information: Semiotica. Volume 2005, Issue 157, Pages 1–34, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/semi.2005.2005.157.1-4.1, October 2005

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The analysis of works of visual art illustrates typical groups of elements and interrelations, which form semiotic systems of these works. Specific systems of connotations and their relations with semantic structures, paradigmatics, and typical signal structures are described. Like in linguistic texts, different levels are formed in complex images. The following basic level types are distinguished: sems and other units of semantic level; signs subdivided into: icons of represented objects and connotative sign formations; representamens of basic signs as interpreted by Charles Peirce, including those of connotations, and signals referred to as basic perceptive integer units forming an individual level.

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