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, Remo Gramigna

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 46, No 1 (2018)

Table of Contents

The semiotics of models PDF
Winfried Nöth 7-43
The dual essence of pleasure: Willing, imagining and planning the Saussurean sublime and beautiful in surviving daunting nature and culture PDF
Jui-Pi Chien 44-63
The epistemic role of intermedial visual artworks: An analysis of the photobooks Palast der Republik and Domesticidades PDF
Letícia Vitral, João Queiroz 64-89
Surviving finitude: Survival as a constructed foundation of identity PDF
Ott Puumeister 90-116
Biology for linguists: An obstacle or a royal path to concept building? PDF
Patrick Sériot 117-125
Umwelt, Lebenswelt and Dasein seen through the lens of a subjective experience of reality PDF
Zdzisław Wąsik 126-142
Text dynamics: Renewing challenges for semiotics of literature PDF
Katalin Kroó, Peeter Torop 143-167

Reviews and Notes

On the analysis of power and politics from the perspective of Juri Lotman’s semiotics of culture PDF
Andreas Ventsel, Taras Boyko 168-177
A report on the symposium “Juri Lotman and sociosemiotics” (Elva, Estonia, 19–20 May 2017) PDF
Remo Gramigna 178-180