semiotician

semiotics

[see-mee-ot-iks, sem-ee-, see-mahy-]
noun (used with a singular verb)
1.
the study of signs and symbols as elements of communicative behavior; the analysis of systems of communication, as language, gestures, or clothing.
2.
a general theory of signs and symbolism, usually divided into the branches of pragmatics, semantics, and syntactics.

Origin:
1875–80; see semiotic, -ics

semiotician [see-mee-uh-tish-uhn, sem-ee-, see-mahy-] , noun
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semiotician (ˌsɛmɪəˈtɪʃən)
 
n
a person who studies semiotics

semiotics or semeiotics (ˌsɛmɪˈɒtɪks, ˌsiːmɪ-, ˌsɛmɪˈɒtɪks, ˌsiːmɪ-)
 
n
1.  semantics syntactics See also pragmatics the study of signs and symbols, esp the relations between written or spoken signs and their referents in the physical world or the world of ideas
2.  the scientific study of the symptoms of disease; symptomatology
 
semeiotics or semeiotics
 
n

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semiotics
study of signs and symbols with special regard to function and origin, 1880, from Gk. semeiotikos "observant of signs," adj. form of semeiosis "indication," from semeioun "to signal," from sema "sign."
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