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Volume 2015, Issue 205


Semiotics and writing systems

Sergey G. Proskurin
Published Online: 2015-05-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2015-0007


This article deals with semiotic modeling in writing. The process of modeling is involved in the creation of new scripts and alphabets. The narrative describes the so called ABC-principle in action. Since the ABC code is also a text, the letters have meaningful collocations and the letter names have meaningful associations. The sequence of letters in an ABC is a meaningful syntagm within a ritual text. We shall attempt to prove that these parts of an ABC are meaningful micro-texts that constitute a model of the world as conceived in Indo-European culture. Together with rituals, alphabets have contributed to the formation of concepts of the physical world and cultural identities.

Keywords: alphabet; ABC-principle; modeling; syntagm; collocation; micro-texts


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About the article

Sergey G. Proskurin

Sergey G. Proskurin (b. 1963) is a professor at Novosibirsk State University and Tomsk Polytechnic University. His research interests include Indo-European semiotics and semiotics of law. His publications include “The role of matrices in preserving non-genetic data” (2010); and “To the question of a topical network of language and culture” (2012).

Published Online: 2015-05-19

Published in Print: 2015-06-01

Funding: This research was supported by a grant from the Russian Scientific Foundation, Project #14-28-00130.

Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2015, Issue 205, Pages 261–276, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2015-0007.

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