University of Hertfordshire

Meaning for observers and agents

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcs 5th Int Conf on Information Systems, Analysis & Synthesis
Subtitle of host publicationISAS'99
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Event5th Int Conf on Information Systems, Analysis & Synthesis - Orlando, United States
Duration: 30 Jul 20093 Aug 2009


Conference5th Int Conf on Information Systems, Analysis & Synthesis
CountryUnited States


Claude Shannon formalized the notion of information transmission rate and capacity for pre-existing channels. Wittgenstein in his later work insisted that linguistic meaning be defined in terms of use in language games. C.S. Peirce, the father pf semiotics, realized the importance of sign, signified, and interpretant in processes of semiosis. In particular, the connection between sign and signified does not take place in a platonic vacuum but is situated, embodied, embedded, and must be mediated by an interpretant.

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