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By Virginia Woolf

ISBN-10: 0141018984

ISBN-13: 9780141018980

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On the contrary, Aristotle distinguishes the elements which go to make up a theory of language with the name symbola, while the other elements of a theory of nonverbal signs he terms semeia or tekmeria. The theory of nonverbal signs in fact forms part of the theory of syllogism and has both logical and epistemological features of interest. The nonverbal sign lies at the centre of the problem of how knowledge is acquired, whereas the linguistic symbol is principally connected to the problem of relationships between linguistic expressions, conceptual abstractions and states of the world.

LATIN RHETORIC In the passage from the Greek world into the Roman world, the semiotic paradigm moved away from the field of philosophy, in the strict sense, into the area of judicial rhetoric, where it assumed a central position. In contrast to the Greeks, the Romans were more interested in matters which tended principally to the pragmatic, and, although they recognized and appreciated the potentiality of the semiotic paradigm, they immediately channelled it into what were for them the more attractive ends of political and judicial debate, a debate which was conducted with instruments supplied by rhetoric.

1 2 Preconception has a decisive role in perceptive inference, as Diogenes Laërtius shows (as well as in the theory of language). According to Epicurus, it is only through the possession of the general concept of ‘human being’ that one can decide whether what one sees is a particular occurrence of this concept. Preconceptions also constitute a necessary condition of language and operate both on the level of decodification and on the level of codification. First of all, the act of uttering a name brings to the mind of a listener an image or a concept, an underlying entity (hypotetagmenon) of that name, which is derived from preconception (Diogenes Laërtius, X, 33).

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