Re: virus: The Sciences of Communication

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Mon, 15 Sep 1997 09:28:36 -0700 (PDT)

On Sun, 14 Sep 1997, Dave K-P wrote:

> At 03:18 PM 9/14/97 -0700, Eva-Lise Carlstrom wrote:
> >Etymology is the study of word origins. Phonology is the study of sounds.
> >Phonemics is the study of sounds as they are used in languages (letters,
> >sounds that are considered distinct from one another in a given language).
> >Syntactics is the study of grammar. Semantics is the study of meaning.
> >All are aspects of linguistics.
> What is semiotics the study of? Merriam-Webster defines it as "a general
> philosophical theory of signs and symbols that deals especially with their
> function in both artificially constructed and natural languages and
> comprises syntactics, semantics, and pragmatics". Care to expand on that?

No, not really; that sounds pretty clear to me. Why? Did something in
particular puzzle you about that definition that you wanted clarified?