The Fallacy of Signs

Begins 3:55 pm

There is a fallacy in attempting a typology of signs.   What can be achieved and isolated, according to Eco, are “modes of sign production”. (p 217)  But even classifying modes of production produce challenges and problems in developing a theory of sign production.

Eco creates a Table (no 39, p 219) that shows the classifications of modes of production and their inter-relationships.  He isolates four broad classifications that have been discussed in part before.

  1. The physical labor needed from sign recognition to sign production.
  2. The type-token ratio discussed from p 183 – p 184.
  3. The type of continuum to be shaped.
  4. The mode and complexity of articulation from precise combinational units, coded or over coded, to texts not yet fully analysed.

Ends: 4:20 pm

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