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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 167


Structures and semiotic systems

Georgij Yu Somov
Published Online: 2007-12-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/SEM.2007.084


A model of interrelations between various types of mentation and semiotic systems is suggested. The relations of structures, forms, and signs in different mentation processes and their effect on semiotic systems are discussed. Major features of these systems are examined from the viewpoint of simulation of changes in physical objects and human environment. Most are multilateral and are clearly structures of various systems. Their organizing role in semiotic systemity are evinced through the analysis of architectural ensembles and separate architectural works (examples of Old Russian architecture and architecture of classicism).

Keywords: structures; semiotic systems; mental activity; signs; forms; information; architectural composition

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Georgij Yu Somov

His research interests include theory of architecture and urban design, semiotics of architecture and visual art, and theoretical semiotics. His recent publications include ‘system-forming processes in the semiotic studies of architecture’ (2002); ‘Conviviality problem in the structure of semiotic objects’ (2003); ‘Semiotic systems of works of visual art: Signs, connotations, signals’ (2005); and ‘Connotations in semiotic systems of visual art (by the example of works by M. A. Vrubel)’ (2007).

Published Online: 2007-12-04

Published in Print: 2007-11-20

Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2007, Issue 167, Pages 387–421, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/SEM.2007.084.

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