Objective Semiotica is published in six annual issues, in two languages (English and French), and occasionally in German. From time to time, Special Issues, devoted to topics of particular interest, are assembled by Guest Editors. The publishers of Semiotica offer an annual prize, the Mouton d'Or, to the author of the best article each year. The article is selected by an independent international jury. The 2018 Mouton d'Or Award has been awarded to Per Durst-Andersen and Paul Cobley for their article ‘The communicative wheel: Symptom, signal, and model in multimodal communication,’ which appeared in Issue 225.
Topics We welcome papers reporting results of research in all branches of semiotic studies.
Article formats Research articles, in-depth reviews, guest editorials, reports
"Transcoding identity: Assemblages between man and machine beyond the cyborg model – a semiotic route." Toscano, Javier, 226, 49-71.
The judges commented that ‘this was an insightful and interesting paper. It considers the concept of identity in everyday life and how it is affected by our interactions with technology. It explores the heuristic potential of using Greimas’s semiotic square to develop a preliminary ‘navigational map’ for future explorations of how identity is affected by technology. This is clearly an important topic and the impact of this article could be very significant indeed. It clearly contributes to semiotic theory and shows how semiotic theory can be used to elucidate real-world (and pressing) issues. It is well written, clear and well argued. It would display the relevance and value of semiotic theorising to the broader academic community.’
‘This article addresses a topic that has been discussed in the popular press for years. The author studies the affective relationship between human and machine. By employing the Greimassian square, the author adds to our knowledge of the application of that semiotic tool to explicate the now ubiquitous human-machine interaction. The author displays a thorough knowledge of the extant research and he uses clear and concise prose and figures that allow the reader to comprehend his arguments. Given Semiotica’s recent publication of two huge volumes (# 214, # 219) for the A. J. Greimas centennial, this article enhances the notion and the use of that interpretive instrument. The author points out that "[t]he notion of identity is indeed a complex topic, and we seldom realize how deep our interactions with technology have an effect over its dynamics" (p. 69). This essay expands the notion of the semiotic square. It expands our knowledge of semiotic theory worldwide because the human-machine interaction is universal. It is comprehensive and comprehensible. Finally, the article will likely generate additional study on the central topic.’
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Editorial Committee Myrdene Anderson Prisca Augustyn Paolo Balboni Marcello Barbieri Arthur Asa Berger Mohamed Bernoussi Per Aage Brandt Thomas Broden Patrizia Calefato Le Cheng Paul Cobley Robbie B. H. Goh Louis Hébert André Helbo Anne-Marie Houdebine Kalevi Kull Dragana Martinovic Frank Nuessel Jerzy Pelc Jamin Pelkey Susan Petrilli Roland Posner Eddo Rigotti Shi-xu Eero Tarasti Bill Thompson Didier Tsala Effa Massimo Vedovelli Anne Wagner Giovanna Zaganelli Yiheng Zhao