Mimicry: Towards a semiotic understanding of nature

  • Timo Maran Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tiigi St. 78, 50410 Tartu


Mimicry has been an important topic for biology since the rise of the Darwinian theory of evolution. However. by its very narure mimicry is a sign process and the quest for understanding mimicry in biology has intrinsically always been a semiotic quest. In this paper various theories since Henry W. Bates will be examined to show how the concept of mimicry has been shifted from perceptual resemblance to a particular communicative structure. A concept of mimicry will then be formulated which emphasizes its dynamic properties, and finally, mimicry will be considered in the framework of ecosemiotics.


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Maran, T. (2001). Mimicry: Towards a semiotic understanding of nature. Sign Systems Studies, 29(1), 325-339. https://doi.org/10.12697/SSS.2001.29.1.20