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

Editor-in-Chief: Danesi, Marcel

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Volume 2007, Issue 166


Icon, index, symbol and denotation, connotation, metasign

Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii / Yuichiro Ishii
Published Online: 2007-08-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/SEM.2007.063


We discuss how Hjelmslev's denotation, connotation, and metasign could correspond to Peirce's icon, index, and symbol. Our argument is based on the application of both theories to the programming language problem of confusion as to whether a sign signifies a value, reference, or type.

Keywords: Peirce; sign category; Hjelmslev; glossematics; type; reference; value

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Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii

Her research interests include computational semiotics, computational linguistics, and natural language processing. Her recent publications include ‘Dyadic versus triadic sign models in functional and object-oriented computer programming paradigms’ (2006); ‘Thirdness as self-reference in computing’ (with Yuichiro Ishii, 2006); and Text Entry Systems — Accessibility, Mobility, Universality (ed., with Scott MacKenzie, in press).

Yuichiro Ishii

His research interests include computer programming, software engineering, and legal issues in software. His recent publications include ‘Thirdness as self-reference in computing’ (with Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii, 2006); and ‘Lambda-term and sign’ (with Kumiko Tanaka-Ishii, in press).

Published Online: 2007-08-23

Published in Print: 2007-08-21

Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2007, Issue 166, Pages 393–407, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/SEM.2007.063.

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