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

Definition of semiosis in English:


The process of signification in language or literature.
Example sentences
  • 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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