ANT100Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Homo Sapiens, Semiotics, Onomatopoeia

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Topics in today"s lecture: signification: making sense, making signs, linguistic and non linguistic signs. Linguistics and semiotics: the nature of signs. Denotation and connotation: how signs construct reality, how we construct our self. Homo sapiens- human that know : knowing: making sense. An animal/individual that makes sense of the world: to make sense= to signify. The study of language: linguistics: linguistics is a part of semiotics because language is apart of signs. A classic saussurean view of signification: ferdinand de saussure, coined the terms signifier and signified , for every signifier there is a signified, signified + signified = sign. They have no connection to what they mean. Symbols have arbitrary relation to signified (referent) Connected only via that system of signification (e. g. language) If you say the word moose in english, you must understand the english language to understand the meaning (language is arbitrary)

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