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Bernardo Houssay Written Expression IV Teacher trainer: Mucci, Trainee: Ricchezza, Lucrecia SOURCE BASED 1) Bibliography Retrieved April, 12th, 2013, from 2) Main idea Peirces Sign Theory, or Semiotic, can be examined according to the three broadly delineable accounts it underwent across the course of his authors intellectual life.

3) Summary Peirces Sign Theory, or Semiotic, is an account on signification, representation, reference and meaning which is distinctive and innovative for its breadth and complexity, and for capturing the importance of interpretation to signification. Throughout his intellectual life, Peirce continually returned to and developed his ideas about signs and semiotic. Peirce is notorious for experimenting with terminology, especially when trying to pin down his own ideas, or describe the same phenomenon from different angles. This is observable on studying the three delineable accounts Peirce developed: an Early Account from the 1860s; an Interim Account developed through the 1880s and 1890s; and an incomplete Final Account developed between 1906 and 1910. To the Early Account belong the basic sign structure (consisting of a sign-vehicle, an object and an intepretant); the classification of signs in icon, index, and symbol; and the notions of Infinite Semiosis and Thought-Signs. The Interim Account is notable for the dropping of the idea of Infinite Semiosis and its broader scope: it suggests ten classes of sign. Across the three elements of a sign, Peirce maintained that there are three types deriving from qualities, three deriving from existential facts, and three deriving from conventions. In the Final Account, Peirce went further dividing the object and the interpretant into two and three more types respectively which would coincide at certain point. In the final classification, Peirce states that there are sixty-six types of sign. However, the textual evidence on the matter cannot be said to be decisive due to the fragmentary nature of Peirces incomplete final work on signs.

4) Self-made definitions

Sign-vehicle: It is the signifying part of the sign, meaning that it is the part that holds some sort of connection with the object in virtue of one of its features, either a quality, a causal relation, or a convention, habit or law. Dynamic Object: It is the object as it really is underneath any immediate interpretation. However, although it is virtually impossible to regard something without unchaining a series of interpretations, the dynamic object is the one upon which interpretation may be done. Immediate interpretant: It can be said to be the first instance of interpretation, the identification of the broader aspects of a sign in relation to the dynamic object. It is homologable to the recognition of the syntax of an utterance and the understanding of its more general meaning, without any thorough analysis of what is being heard.