Biosemiotics vs. Zoosemiotics



(semiotics) A growing field that studies the production, action and interpretation of signs in the biological realm.


The study of animal communication.


Biosemiotics (from the Greek βίος bios, and σημειωτικός sēmeiōtikos, ) is a field of semiotics and biology that studies the prelinguistic meaning-making, biological interpretation processes, production of signs and codes and communication processes in the biological realm.Biosemiotics integrates the findings of biology and semiotics and proposes a paradigmatic shift in the scientific view of life, in which semiosis (sign process, including meaning and interpretation) is one of its immanent and intrinsic features. The term biosemiotic was first used by Friedrich S. Rothschild in 1962, but Thomas Sebeok and Thure von Uexküll have implemented the term and field.

‘life’; ‘observant of signs’;


Zoosemiotics is the semiotic study of the use of signs among animals, more precisely the study of semiosis among animals, i.e. the study of how something comes to function as a sign to some animal.


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