Sign Systems Studies

An international journal of semiotics and sign processes in culture and living nature.

The journal Sign Systems Studies was established in 1964 by Juri Lotman (initially as Труды по знаковым системам - Σημειωτικη), and is thus the oldest international semiotic periodical. Originally (until 1992) a Russian-language series, it is now published in English, and has become a central institution in the semiotics of culture.

Starting from 1998, Sign Systems Studies is published as an international peer-reviewed journal on the semiotics of culture and nature. Issued regularly, one volume per year, it is indexed in major scientific databases. Since 2009, each volume includes four issues.

Periodicity: one volume (four issues) per year.
Official languages: English and Russian, Estonian for abstracts.

Kalevi Kull,  Peeter Torop,  Mihhail Lotman,
Timo Maran,  Silvi Salupere,  Ene-Reet Soovik, Remo Gramigna

Editorial board:
Myrdene Anderson, Professor in the Anthropology department at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Paul Cobley, Professor in Language and Media department at Middlesex University, London, UK

Marcel Danesi, Professor of semiotics and anthropology at Victoria College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Jesper Hoffmeyer, Professor emeritus in Biomolecular Sciences, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Gunther Kress, Professor of semiotics and education in the Department of Culture, Communication and Media of University College London, University of London, London, UK)

Julia Kristeva, Professor emeritus of the University of Paris 7, Paris, France

Winfried Nöth, Professor emeritus of English Linguistics and Semiotics at the University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany, and Professor of cognitive semiotics at São Paulo Catholic University, São Paulo, Brazil
Roland Posner, Professor of German and general Linguistics and Head of the Semiotics centre at the Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Frederik Stjernfelt, Professor in the Department of Communication of Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark

Eero Tarasti, Professor of musicology at the University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Boris Uspenskij, Professor in the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Jaan Valsiner, Niels Bohr Professor of cultural psychology at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Former members of editorial board include

John Deely (...2017, Professor of philosophy at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, USA)
Umberto Eco (...2016, Professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy)
Vyacheslav V. Ivanov (...2017, Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, and at the Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia)

Published by

PRINT ISSN 1406-4243
ONLINE ISSN 1736-7409

Vol 46, No 4 (2018): Special issue: Learning and adaptation: Semiotic perspectives

Guest editors: Alin Olteanu, Andrew Stables

Table of Contents

Learning and adaptation from a semiotic perspective PDF
Alin Olteanu, Andrew Stables 409-434
Adaptation, learning, Bildung: Discussion with edu- and biosemiotics PDF
Eetu Pikkarainen 435-451
Choosing and learning: Semiosis means choice PDF
Kalevi Kull 452-466
Emptiness and desire in the first rule of logic PDF
Jamin Pelkey 467-490
Can semiotics be used to drive paradigm changes in medical education? PDF
John Tredinnick-Rowe 491-516
Differentiation of language functions during language acquisition based on Roman Jakobson’s communication model PDF
Lauri Linask 517-537
Returning ‘learning’ to education: Toward an ecological conception of learning and teaching PDF
Cary Campbell 538-568
Rethinking literary education in the digital age PDF
Alexandra Milyakina 569-589

Reviews and Notes

A Peirce for the 21st century PDF
Frederik Stjernfelt 590-616
A report on the conference “Ecosemiotic Paradigm for Nature and Culture” PDF
Zdzisław Wąsik, Elżbieta Magdalena Wąsik 617-629
Two decades of ecosemiotics in Tartu PDF
Timo Maran 630-639