Questions Concerning Certain Faculties Claimed For Signs
Another one of those recurring questions just came up in a Facebook group devoted to Semiotics and I thought it would be useful to try my hand at a fresh attempt to answer it — or at least promote further discussion.
- MA: Can index become symbol? Why or why not?
Icon, Index, Symbol and all other classifications are ideal types abstracted from concrete signs and there are no pure types in actual existence. However, it is a consequence of triadic relation irreducibility that symbols are in a genuine sense the generic type while icons and indices are specializations or so-called degenerate cases.