The semiotics of animal freedom: A zoologist's attempt to perceive the semiotic aim of H. Hediger

  • Aleksei Turovski Estonian Marine Institute and Tallinn Zoo, Paldiski mnt. 145, 13522 Tallinn

Abstract

The works, views and ideas of Heini Hediger (1908-1992), one of the most distinguished and influential zoologist of the 20th century, had and still have an enormous impact on contemporary understanding of animal behaviour. His views on territorial, social, etc. aspects of animal behaviour are based on semiotic concepts derived from Umwelt-theory (J. v. Uexküll) and combined with ideas from modern ethology. Hediger's special attention was devoted to the area of animal-man communications; he treated these problematic phenomena as a system of semiosis-processes, in a mainly holistic way. Hediger's approach inspires the author to propose a notion "the need for impression" to be used in zoosemiotic analyses.

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Published
2000-12-31
How to Cite
Turovski, A. (2000). The semiotics of animal freedom: A zoologist’s attempt to perceive the semiotic aim of H. Hediger. Sign Systems Studies, 28, 380-387. https://doi.org/10.12697/SSS.2000.28.20
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