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 (Purdue, USA)
Paul Cobley (London, UK)
Marcel Danesi (Toronto, Canada)
John Deely (Houston, USA)
Umberto Eco  (Bologna, Italy)
Vyacheslav V. Ivanov (LA, USA,
and Moscow, Russia)
Gunther Kress (London, UK)
Julia Kristeva (Paris, France)

Jesper Hoffmeyer (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Roland Posner (Berlin, Germany)
Frederik Stjernfelt (Aarhus, Denmark)
Eero Tarasti (Helsinki, Finland)
Winfried Nöth (Kassel, Germany,
and Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Boris Uspenskij (Napoli, Italy)
Jaan Valsiner (Worcester, USA)

Published by

PRINT ISSN 1406-4243
ONLINE ISSN 1736-7409

Vol 44, No 1/2 (2016): Special issue: Framing nature and culture

Guest editors: Lauri Linask, Riin Magnus

Table of Contents

Introduction: Framing nature and culture PDF
Lauri Linask, Riin Magnus 8-11
Urban discourse – city space, city language, city planning: Eco-semiotic approaches to the discourse analysis of urban renewal PDF
Ernest W. B. Hess-Lüttich 12-33
Textualities of the city – from the legibility of urban space towards social and natural others in planning PDF
Tiit Remm 34-52
Hedge mazes and landscape gardens as cultural boundary objects PDF
Katarzyna Kaczmarczyk, Montana Salvoni 53-68
The circle and the maze: Two images of ecosemiotics PDF
Matthew Clements 69-93
Multiplicity and Welt PDF
Yogi Hale Hendlin 94-110
The biosemiotics of Aldo Leopold PDF
Rebecca C. Potter 111-127
Against the Frame PDF
Wojciech Kalaga 128-147
Literature as a defining trait of the human umwelt: From and beyond Heidegger PDF
Pierre-Louis Patoine, Jonathan Hope 148-163
Agrarian rituals giving way to Romantic motifs: Sacred natural sites in Estonia PDF
Ott Heinapuu 164-185
Documentary and ecosemiotics: Frames and faces in the work of Johan van der Keuken PDF
Hing Tsang 186-208
Semiotic dimensions of human attitudes towards other animals: A case of zoological gardens PDF
Nelly Mäekivi, Timo Maran 209-230
Ecosemiotic aspects of zoomorphic metaphors: The human as a predator PDF
Ariel Gómez Ponce 231-247

Reviews and Notes

On semiotic (un)predictability: Tartu Summer School of Semiotics 2015 PDF
Ekaterina Velmezova 248-250
Rethinking theoretical schools and circles in the 20th-century humanities PDF
Remo Gramigna 251-254
Alexandr Levich (1945–2016) and the Tartu–Moscow Biosemiotic Nexus PDF
Kalevi Kull 255-266
My half-century saturated in semiotics: A spiralling confessional PDF
Myrdene Anderson 267-288