An introduction to phytosemiotics: Semiotic botany and vegetative sign systems

  • Kalevi Kull Dept. of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tiigi 78, 50410 Tartu

Abstract

Asking, whether plants have semiosis, the article gives a review of the works on phytosemiotics, referring to the tradition in botany that has seen plants as non-mechanic systems. This approach can use the concept of biological need as the primary holistic process in living systems. Demonstrating the similarity between the need and semiosis, it is concluded that sign is a meronomic entity. A distinction between five levels of sign systems is proposed: cellular, vegetative, animal, linguistic, and cultural. Vegetative sign systems are those which are responsible for the morphogenesis and differentiation within an organism, thus belonging to all multicellular organisms.

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Published
2000-12-31
How to Cite
Kull, K. (2000). An introduction to phytosemiotics: Semiotic botany and vegetative sign systems. Sign Systems Studies, 28, 326-350. https://doi.org/10.12697/SSS.2000.28.18
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