The Search for the Imperfect Language – Semiotica – article

The Search for the Imperfect Language

Massimo Leone | Semiotica


The meta-semiotic ideology that underpins most contemporary semiotics seems at odds with the one that underlies the attempt at planning and creating a new language. Semiotics, as well as modern linguistics, has increasingly evolved into a substantially descriptive endeavor, excluding any consistent normative purpose. Faithful to the epistemology of Ferdinand de Saussure, semiotics does not primarily aim at either pointing at some supposed flaws of such or such language or at proposing some new linguistic forms meant to fix them. The article analyses linguistic utopias from the perspective of present-day semiotics.


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