from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The study of signs as an element of communication; the analysis of systems of communication; -- also called
- noun a theory of signs and symbols, including as branches
semantics, pragmaticsand syntactics.
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- noun Alternative spelling of
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Note the semeiotics, if you will: English uses alphabetical characters, uniform and mechanical, meaningless in themselves, meaningful only when combined in words; Japanese uses ideographs, scripted and lyrical, meaningful in themselves but sometimes also conveying a higher meaning when combined together; the square-code language uses geometric designs, intentionally mechanical, yet undeniably aesthetic, meaningful in themselves but presumably not combined syntactically (from item to item) in commerce.