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zoosemioticsZoosemiotik (ger.)

  • The study of animal communication through the investigation of signalling behaviour in and between species. (OED 2011)

    The term zoosemiotics—constructed in an exchange between Rulon Wells and me—is proposed for the discipline, within which the science of signs intersects with ethology, devoted to the scientific study of signaling behavior in and across animal species.

    Sebeok, T.A. (1963). [Reviews]. Language 39, 448-466: 465; cf. id. (1968). Goals and limitations of the study of animal communication. In: id. (ed.). Animal Communications, 3-14: 12; id. (1969). Semiotics and ethology. In: Sebeok, T.A. & Ramsay, A. (eds.). Approaches to Animal Communication, 200-231: 200; id. (1972). Perspectives in Zoosemtiotics.


    zoosemiotics […] encompasses the study of animal communications in the broadest sense

    Sebeok, T.A. (1974). Semiotics: a survey of the state of the art. Current Trends in Linguistics 12 (1), 211-264: 213.