Sign Systems Studies

An international journal of semiotics and sign processes in culture and living nature.

The journal Sign Systems Studies was established in 1964 by Juri Lotman (initially as Труды по знаковым системам - Σημειωτικη), and is thus the oldest international semiotic periodical. Originally (until 1992) a Russian-language series, it is now published in English, and has become a central institution in the semiotics of culture.

Starting from 1998, Sign Systems Studies is published as an international peer-reviewed journal on the semiotics of culture and nature. Issued regularly, one volume per year, it is indexed in major scientific databases. Since 2009, each volume includes four issues.

Periodicity: one volume (four issues) per year.
Official languages: English and Russian, Estonian for abstracts.

Kalevi Kull,  Peeter Torop,  Mihhail Lotman,
Timo Maran,  Silvi Salupere,  Ene-Reet Soovik, Tuuli Raudla

Editorial board:
Myrdene Anderson (Purdue, USA)
Paul Cobley (London, UK)
Marcel Danesi (Toronto, Canada)
John Deely (Houston, USA)
Umberto Eco (Bologna, Italy)
Vyacheslav V. Ivanov (LA, USA,
and Moscow, Russia)
Gunther Kress (London, UK)
Julia Kristeva (Paris, France)

Jesper Hoffmeyer (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Roland Posner (Berlin, Germany)
Frederik Stjernfelt (Aarhus, Denmark)
Eero Tarasti (Helsinki, Finland)
Winfried Nöth (Kassel, Germany,
and Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Boris Uspenskij (Napoli, Italy)
Jaan Valsiner (Worcester, USA)

Published by

PRINT ISSN 1406-4243
ONLINE ISSN 1736-7409

Vol 42, No 4 (2014)

Table of Contents

50 years of Sign Systems Studies PDF
From the Editors 429-434
Semiotics, culture and space PDF
Alexandros Ph. Lagopoulos, Karin Boklund-Lagopoulou 435-486
Biosphere as semiosphere: Variations on Lotman PDF
Anton Markoš 487-498
Cultural semiotics, translatability, and informational loss in visual texts of the biotech industry PDF
Charikleia Yoka, Evangelos Kourdis 499-516
Juri Lotman’s autocommunication model and Roland Barthes’s representations of Self and Other PDF
Lei Han 517-529

Reviews and Notes

What is the main challenge for contemporary semiotics? PDF
Kalevi Kull, Ekaterina Velmezova 530-548
Juri Lotman in English: Updates to bibliography PDF
Kalevi Kull, Remo Gramigna 549-552