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interpretant Syllabification: in·ter·pre·tant
Pronunciation: /inˈtərprədənt/

Definition of interpretant in English:


(In Peirce’s philosophy of language) the effect of a proposition or sign series on the person who interprets it.
Example sentences
  • A rewriting of a rewriting of a prior subtext that can be reconstructed only after the fact is a generational series very similar to Peirce's series: interpretant, sign, object, and ground.
  • Drawing upon Charle's Peirce's notion of interpretants, de Lauretis theorizes a semiosis of experience that is actively engaged with and constituted through everyday signs, objects, relations and events.
  • In dialogue with Vincent Colapietro on how to understand Peirce's logical interpretant, de Lauretis argues that it is very difficult, if not impossible, to deliberately direct the significate effects of semiosis.

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