Monday, January 24, 2011

Sign, Index, and Symbol

Sign: action, event, pattern, etc., that conveys a meaning.

When you walk up to a wild tiger in the forest and it growls at you, that is a verbal sign that you should back the hell up.

A hand in this position is a sign for the letter A in sign language



Index: something used or serving to point out; a sign, token, or indication: a true index of his character.

"Meow" is a verbal index for a cat.

Smoke in your house is a visual index that something is burning.



Symbol:
something used for or regarded as representing something else; a material object representing something, often something immaterial; emblem, token, or sign.

"Freeze!" Yelled from behind you is a verbal symbol that someone is aiming a weapon at you.

The skull and crossbones symbol represents dastardly pirates or death.



is character.

"Meow" is a verbal index to a cat.

Smoke in your house is a visual index that something is burning.






meaning.

Thunder is a sign for a storm


No comments:

Post a Comment