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 2/3 (2018)

Table of Contents

Peirce’s garden of forking metaphors PDF
Aleksandar Feodorov 188-215
Impossibly good looks: A pragma-ontological approach to unearthing the latent rhetorical structure of anti-ageing advertising discourse PDF
George Rossolatos 216-254
A post-structuralist revised Weil–Lévi-Strauss transformation formula for conceptual value-fields PDF
James B. Harrod 255-281
Financial discourse of the 2007–2008 crisis: From unpredictability and explosion to predictability PDF
Griselda Zárate, Homero Zambrano 282-293
GIFs as floating signifiers PDF
Camelia Gradinaru 294-318
Urban ecosemiotics of trees: Why the ecological alien species paradigm has not gained ground in cities? PDF
Riin Magnus, Tiit Remm 319-342
Giorgio Prodi and the lower threshold of semiotics PDF
Umberto Eco 343-351
Umberto Eco on the biosemiotics of Giorgio Prodi PDF
Kalevi Kull 352-364
Animal language before Sebeok PDF
Umberto Eco 365-377
Eco’s “latratus canis”: A memory of the backstage PDF
Costantino Marmo 378-382
A study by Umberto Eco and his colleagues on the history of early zoosemiotics: Commentary and bibliography PDF
Kalevi Kull 383-391

Reviews and Notes

About the (semiotic) limits of the human language: Discussing the case of Pirahã PDF
Ekaterina Velmezova 392-397
The 38th Albi–Moissac Colloquium of French semioticians: Living beings and their environment PDF
Pauline Delahaye 398-400
Founding of the French Zoosemiotics Society PDF
Pauline Delahaye 401-402