An Analysis of the Concept of Sign

  • Stanislaw Ossowski
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 119)


The present paper is concerned with the concept of sign in a particular interpretation. (…) In order to avoid misunderstanding we shall call signs, in this particular interpretation, ‘semantic entities’ (…).


Speech Sign Complex Expression Semantic Function Graphic Sign Scarlet Fever 
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    That other object need not necessarily be a designatum of a given semantic entity. It may also be a designatum of a semantic entity accompanying the entity in question.Google Scholar
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    Logische Untersuchungen, Vol. II, p. 43.Google Scholar
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    The linguistic examples in this paragraph have been modified to comply with the English system of word formation while illustrating the author’s points. (Tr.)Google Scholar
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    In English, the use of the indefinite article marks a grammatical difference which is absent in Polish, where there are no articles. (Tr.)Google Scholar
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    I interpret an ‘indication’ more or less as an analogue of Husserl’s ‘Anzeige’. (Cf. Logische Untersuchungen, Vol. II, Chap. 8, p. 25). An indication is an object whose appearance informs us about the existence or properties of another object. (The more or less standard English term is Peirce’s ‘indexical sign’, which has not been used here, so as not to convey the erroneous impression that Ossowski was directly influenced by Peirce. — Tr.)Google Scholar

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  • Stanislaw Ossowski

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