Necessary and Problematic Definitions

  • Pauline Delahaye
Part of the Biosemiotics book series (BSEM, volume 19)


Conception sub-question n°2: what definitions should we all agree upon from an interdisciplinary standpoint?

First of all, this chapter will introduce the definitions considered necessary for a semiotic work about animals. The suggested definitions will revisit the concepts of emotion (in its general sense), consciousness and memory. Later on, it will present the cases deemed problematic regarding definitions: the concepts of language, emotions (in a more specific sense: fear, grief, anger etc), intelligence and culture. Solutions will be submitted each time to avoid the issue of definitions.


Animal studies Definitions Lexicology Language Culture Emotions Intelligence Memory 


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  • Pauline Delahaye
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  1. 1.Paris-Sorbonne UniversityParisFrance

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