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By David A. Pharies

This monograph is ready the semiotics of lexical symptoms, and is of specific curiosity for ancient linguists, particularly these drawn to etymology. experts in linguistic swap have lengthy spotted that yes periods of phrases appear to be partly exempt from normal styles of sound swap, or maybe likely to endure strange analogical shifts. the matter is much worse for the etymologist, because the lexicon of each language comprises a few thousands of semiotically troublesome vocables which needs to, if the etymological dictionaries are ever to be accomplished, be defined in some way. constantly been struck through the sheer capriciousness of etymologies during which a few type of strange form-meaning kinfolk are concerned, the writer, with the aid of C.S. Peirce, presents solutions to an important questions in his seek to make feel of these capricious etymologies.

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1973: 9) Accordingly, h e deduced , icon s an d indice s canno t b e independen t sig n types , but onl y subcategories of symbols: 'A conventio n o r rul e o f interpretatio n mus t establis h th e groun d o f th e representation (an d accordingl y signification ) o f th e ico n . . ' (1973 : 78) The significanc e o f th e genuine-degenerat e oppositio n her e i s tha t i t allow s for th e recognitio n o f subgroup s o f element s withi n th e semioti c triad . I t is , as I have said , perfectly tru e tha t th e semiosi s o f any sign depends on its ability to determine , ultimately, a normal interpretant , whic h i s a law of general appli- 34 DAVID A.

Their allege d regressivit y an d determinacy . Several critic s hav e opine d tha t th e ico n i s defectiv e a s a sig n category , because a n indefinit e numbe r o f similaritie s ma y b e foun d t o hold between an y two thing s whatever . W. Morris' work. 'On th e othe r hand , i t i s als o true tha n any sign , iconic or not , has an indefinitel y large numbe r o f propertie s i n common with its denotatum (fo r example any sign and denotatum migh t hav e th e commo n propertie s o f bein g perceivabl e i n th e 20t h century, o f bein g spatiall y locate d i n th e wester n hemisphere , o f bein g solubl e i n sulphuric acid , etc.

Their allege d regressivit y an d determinacy . Several critic s hav e opine d tha t th e ico n i s defectiv e a s a sig n category , because a n indefinit e numbe r o f similaritie s ma y b e foun d t o hold between an y two thing s whatever . W. Morris' work. 'On th e othe r hand , i t i s als o true tha n any sign , iconic or not , has an indefinitel y large numbe r o f propertie s i n common with its denotatum (fo r example any sign and denotatum migh t hav e th e commo n propertie s o f bein g perceivabl e i n th e 20t h century, o f bein g spatiall y locate d i n th e wester n hemisphere , o f bein g solubl e i n sulphuric acid , etc.

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