Boris Uspenskij on history, linguistics and semiotics


  • Ekaterina Velmezova Centre for Linguistics and Language Sciences, University of Lausanne Anthropole, CH-1015 Lausanne
  • Kalevi Kull Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu Jakobi 2, 51014 Tartu



history of semiotics, Louis Hjelmslev, Roman Jakobson, Juri Lotman, Tartu–Moscow School, sign typology


The two interviews with Boris Uspenskij on history and the contemporary state of linguistics and semiotics discuss the necessity to elaborate a common terminology in semiotics, at the same time speaking about perspectives for interdisciplinary research, various research models, and the possibilities to produce proof in the humanities. Commenting upon some of his own works, in particular on Ego loquens (2007), Boris Uspenskij reflects upon the crucial events of his academic life and on contacts with his colleagues, emphasizing the importance of friendship with Roman Jakobson and Juri Lotman.


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Velmezova, E., & Kull, K. (2017). Boris Uspenskij on history, linguistics and semiotics. Sign Systems Studies, 45(3/4), 404–448.

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