Ms. Kate Liu
Nov 28, 2004
Concept of Semiotic
Ferdinand de Saussure defined the knots of signs as the relation of sound and concept, i.e. the flexible combining of signifier (sound) and signified (concept). As he asserted, meaning was created not only because of the combining between signifier and signified, but also for the other signifiers in the syntax. Freud built therefore his psychoanalysis upon Saussure’s Linguistics. He compared unconsciousness with signified, consciousness with signifier. Jacques Lacan based on where Freud stood, but added a possibility to the model to be contrarily, so that new meanings came out through the rearrangement.
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