Learning and adaptation from a semiotic perspective

  • Alin Olteanu University of Tartu Vilnius Gediminas Technical University Kaunas University of Technology Department of Semiotics, Jakobi 2, 51005, Tartu, Estonia
  • Andrew Stables Emeritus Professor, Roehampton University London, United Kingdom
Keywords: learning, adaptation, evolution, exaptation, scaffolding, semiotics


This paper discusses the relation between learning and adaptation, arguing that the current state of the art in semiotics suggests a continuity between the two. An overview of the relevant theories in this regard, as considered in semiotics, reveals an embodied and environmental account of learning, where language plays an important but nevertheless limited role. Learning and adaptation are seen as inseparable cases of semiotic modelling. Such a construal of these opens up new pathways towards a nondualist philosophy and theory of education.


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Olteanu, A., & Stables, A. (2018). Learning and adaptation from a semiotic perspective. Sign Systems Studies, 46(4), 409-434. https://doi.org/10.12697/SSS.2018.46.4.01