Definition of semiosis in English:


Syllabification: sem·i·o·sis
Pronunciation: /ˌsēmēˈōsis, ˌsemē-, ˌsemˌī-


The process of signification in language or literature.
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  • In addition to an anti-Cartesian theory of perception mentioned earlier, this move requires an updated and enriched non-representational view of language and semiosis, together with a concept of ‘sensory act’.
  • In this paper, I will try to show that these contributions fail to articulate an adequate concept of embodied personhood for anthropology because they presuppose impoverished notions of semiosis and language.
  • The second tendency is represented by the large number of works that draw their inspiration from a radical questioning of the structural principles defining semiosis.


early 20th century: from Greek sēmeiosis '(inference from) a sign'.

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