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, Professor in the Anthropology department at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Paul Cobley, Professor in Language and Media department at Middlesex University, London, UK

Marcel Danesi, Professor of semiotics and anthropology at Victoria College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Jesper Hoffmeyer, Professor emeritus in Biomolecular Sciences, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Julia Kristeva, Professor emeritus of the University of Paris 7, Paris, France

Winfried Nöth, Professor emeritus of English Linguistics and Semiotics at the University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany, and Professor of cognitive semiotics at São Paulo Catholic University, São Paulo, Brazil
Roland Posner, Professor of German and general Linguistics and Head of the Semiotics centre at the Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Frederik Stjernfelt, Professor in the Department of Communication of Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark

Eero Tarasti, Professor of musicology at the University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Boris Uspenskij, Professor in the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Jaan Valsiner, Niels Bohr Professor of cultural psychology at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Former members of editorial board include

John Deely (...2017, Professor of philosophy at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, USA)
Umberto Eco (...2016, Professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy)
Vyacheslav V. Ivanov (...2017, Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, and at the Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia)
Gunther Kress (...2019, Professor of semiotics and education in the Department of Culture, Communication and Media of University College London, University of London, London, UK)

Published by

PRINT ISSN 1406-4243
ONLINE ISSN 1736-7409

Vol 47, No 1/2 (2019): Special issue: Approaches in Tartu Semiotics

Table of Contents

From systematic semiotic modelling to pseudointentional reference PDF
Anti Randviir 8-68
Funktionskreis and the stratificational model of semiotic structures: Jakob von Uexküll, Luis Prieto and Louis Hjelmslev PDF
E. Israel Chávez Barreto 69-87
Steps towards the natural meronomy and taxonomy of semiosis: Emotin between index and symbol? PDF
Kalevi Kull 88-104
Biopolitical subjectification PDF
Ott Puumeister 105-125
Semiotics of threats: Discourse on the vulnerability of the Estonian identity card PDF
Andreas Ventsel, Mari-Liis Madisson 126-151
Culture as education: From transmediality to transdisciplinary pedagogy PDF
Maarja Ojamaa, Peeter Torop, Alexandr Fadeev, Alexandra Milyakina, Tatjana Pilipovec, Merit Rickberg 152-176
On the concept of the deceptive trailer: Trailer as paratext and multimodal model of film PDF
Martin Oja 177-204
Darwin’s antithesis revisited – a zoosemiotic perspective on expressing emotions in animals and animal cartoon characters PDF
Jason Mario Dydynski, Nelly Mäekivi 205-233
Urban trees as social triggers: The case of the Ginkgo biloba specimen in Tallinn, Estonia PDF
Riin Magnus, Heldur Sander 234-256
Vygotsky’s natural history of signs PDF
Lauri Linask 257-304
Jakob Linzbach on his life and work PDF
Sébastien Moret 305-334
On the semiotic aspects of visual arts PDF
Yurij Lekomtsev 335-343