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Sign
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A sign in the most general sense is something understood to stand for something else, for something other than the sign itself. To serve as a sign, it must be recognized as signifying what it stands for. People and computer programs recognize and employ signs. To determine whether other animals do too depends on what counts as a sign, and on the assessment of their cognitive and instinctual functions. There is no unanimity as to what counts as a sign or how to classify different sorts of signs.

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Rudolph, Enno, Brown, Robert F. and Slenczka, Notger, “Sign”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 21 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_SI.2>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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