De Saussure and Peirce: the Semiotic Architecture

Guerino Mazzola, Maria Mannone, Yan Pang, Margaret O’Brien, Nathan Torunsky

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Semiotics has been studied by linguists and philosophers for many years. The first attempts to define the components of a sign system were made in 1865 by the United States philosopher, Charles Sanders Peirce. After Peirce came Ferdinand de Saussure, Louis Hjelmslev, and Roland Barthes, each with differing views on the components of a sign system. In this chapter we will explore contributions made by the four aforementioned semiotic theorists and discuss the semiotic architecture that their theories illustrate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputational Music Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameComputational Music Science
ISSN (Print)1868-0305
ISSN (Electronic)1868-0313

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  • American Scholar
  • Cultural Symbol
  • Founding Father
  • Sign System
  • Structuralist Movement


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