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Language, philosophy and theory of
(2,171 words)

(Signs, theory of)

[German version]

I. Area of study

While today, linguistic theory (LT) is largely considered an integral part of a general theory of signs, in antiquity (before Augustine, about AD 400) the two theoretical fields, language and signs, were at first clearly distinguished from one another. The linguistic expression ‘sign’ (σημεῖον/sēmeîon) is mentioned occasionally and in passing (Pl. Soph. 262a 6; Aristot. De …

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ST.M.-OE., “Language, philosophy and theory of”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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