[see-mee-ot-iks, sem-ee-, see-mahy-]See more synonyms for semiotics on Thesaurus.com
noun (used with a singular verb)Related formsse·mi·o·ti·cian [see-mee-uh-tish-uh n, sem-ee-, see-mahy-] /ˌsi mi əˈtɪʃ ən, ˌsɛm i-, ˌsi maɪ-/, noun
- the study of signs and symbols as elements of communicative behavior; the analysis of systems of communication, as language, gestures, or clothing.
- a general theory of signs and symbolism, usually divided into the branches of pragmatics, semantics, and syntactics.
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British Dictionary definitions for semiotician
- a person who studies semiotics
noun (functioning as singular)
- the study of signs and symbols, esp the relations between written or spoken signs and their referents in the physical world or the world of ideasSee also semantics, syntactics, pragmatics
- the scientific study of the symptoms of disease; symptomatology
Also: semiology, semeiology
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Word Origin and History for semiotician
study of signs and symbols with special regard to function and origin, 1880, from semiotic; also see -ics. Medical sense is from 1660s.
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