A sign is not alive — a text is

  • Kalevi Kull Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tiigi Str. 78, Tartu


The article deals with the relationships between the concepts of life process and sign process, arguing against the simplified equation of these concepts. Assuming that organism (and its particular case — cell) is the carrier of what is called ‘life’, we attempt to find a correspondent notion in semiotics that can be equalled to the feature of being alive. A candidate for this is the textual process as a multiple sign action. Considering that biological texts are generally non-linguistic, the concept of biotext should be used instead of ‘text’ in biology.


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Kull, K. (2002). A sign is not alive — a text is . Sign Systems Studies, 30(1), 327-336. https://doi.org/10.12697/SSS.2002.30.1.21

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