signifier

[ UK /sˈɪɡnɪfˌa‍ɪ‍ə/ ]
NOUN
  1. the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something
    the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached
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How To Use signifier In A Sentence

  • the signifier is linked to the signified
  • Whether we take the signified or the signifier, Saussure argues, language has neither ideas nor sounds that existed before the linguistic system, but only conceptual and phonic differences that have issued from the system.
  • His essay ‘Our America’ sought to contest the cultural and linguistic destiny of America as a signifier.
  • Derrida insisted that the very way in which language functions, that is, signification, necessitates an unbridgeable gap between the signifier and the signified.
  • In so far as the idyll is a signifier to which a real world referent can be attached -- pre-industrial culture, medieval society, etc. -- we might be dubious of a restoration that is essentially an act of validation. Narrative Grammars
  • The Lacanian opus is built upon the power of the signifier, the capacity of the noun, not just to represent, but also to signify various representations that can be in relation with one another, e.g. through metaphors and metonyms.
  • What worries me is that the designed world might become so hermetic and the signifiers of functionality so appropriated that the opportunity for that fascination never arises.
  • The I of her narrative is a masquerade, and her identity is never more than a metonym for an endless chain of signifiers.
  • But I don't think that there need be an intrinsic link of signifier to signified for a language to be used in nonarbitrary ways. Binary Oppositions: Good or Bad?
  • It should not come as a surprise to learn that social signifiers play a major role in his new book, tentatively entitled “Sociable design. †He lives at jnd. org. JND.org
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