A Tribute to Thomas A. Sebeok

Biosemiotics 1 (1):25-39 (2008)

According to the approach developed by Thomas A. Sebeok (1921–2001) and his ‘global semiotics,’ semiosis and life converge. This leads to his cardinal axiom: ‘semiosis is the criterial attribute of life.’ His global approach to sign life presupposes his critique of anthropocentrism and glottocentrism. Global semiotics is open to zoosemiotics, indeed, even more broadly, biosemiotics which extends its gaze to semiosis in the whole living universe to include the realms of macro- and microorganisms. In Sebeok’s conception, the sign science is not only the study of communication in culture, but of communicative behaviour from a biosemiotic perspective
Keywords Sebeok  Global semiotics  Biosemiotics  Modelling systems  Semiotics  Life
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DOI 10.1007/s12304-008-9007-3
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