One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The meaning or idea expressed by a sign, as distinct from the physical form in which it is expressed.Compare with signifier
- ‘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.’
- ‘Part of the attraction was the hope that a formal discipline which required one to name signifiers and signifieds would display convincingly the ideological contents of various activities.’
- ‘There is a perpetual shift in the relationship between signifiers and signifieds.’
- ‘The resemblance between the signified and the signifier - the defining characteristic of an iconic sign - has to be a resemblance as perceived by someone.’
- ‘It is a naive mistake, however, to suppose that the Renaissance restored or reintegrated classical culture, or in any sense reunited classical signifiers with their classical signifieds.’
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