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SEMANTICS: the structuralist notion for being a sign, i.e. the property of expressions that they stand for other things. A sign is viewed as a composite unit consisting of a relation between an overt signal (the signifier) and the information that this overt signal evokes (the signified). The notions 'signifier' and 'signified' are also known as (French) 'signifiant' and 'signifié' from De Saussure (1959). See Denotation, Reference.
LIT. Frawley, W. (1992)
Lyons, J (1977)