Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details


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

Editor-in-Chief: Danesi, Marcel

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.275
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 0.661
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2015: 0.191

See all formats and pricing
Select Volume and Issue


30,00 € / $42.00 / £23.00

Get Access to Full Text

Residence in the world: Affordances, instruments, actions, roles, and identities

Citation Information: Semiotica. Volume 2006, Issue 162, Pages 19–71, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/SEM.2006.073, October 2006

Publication History

Published Online:


This essay brings Peirce's understanding of meaning to bear on Heidegger's critique of mind, thereby articulating being-in-the-world in terms of semiosis. Using ideas developed in ‘The semiotic stance’ (2005), it theorizes five interrelated semiotic processes — heeding affordances, wielding instruments, undertaking actions, performing roles, and filling identities — that constitute the key modes of non-linguistic and/or non-representational meaning in which human-beings are always already holistically implicated. It doing so, it theorizes what is meant by purchases, functions, purposes, statuses, and values (as well as providing a semiotically sophisticated account of ‘material culture’). And it generalizes Anscombe's idea of ‘acting under a description’ to comporting within an interpretation.

Citing Articles

Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.

Zoë Crossland
Signs and Society, 2013, Volume 1, Number 1, Page 79
N.J. Enfield
Language Sciences, 2008, Volume 30, Number 2-3, Page 227
N.J. Enfield
Journal of Pragmatics, 2009, Volume 41, Number 1, Page 60
Paul Kockelman
Current Anthropology, 2011, Volume 52, Number 5, Page 711
N. J Enfield
Cognitive Linguistics, 2007, Volume 18, Number 2
Paul Kockelman
Current Anthropology, 2007, Volume 48, Number 3, Page 375
Language in Society, 2007, Volume 36, Number 03

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.