What’s a word lover without footnotes so here’s a little bit about the source of my blog name. The sets of words in my greeting “hello world” use visual, spatial, mathematical, linguistic, and literary signs.


From Meta to Physical and Back: Translation is All


Literature :                       Poesy is to Practicality

Language:                        As Inspiration is to Instruction

Communication :           As Wisdom is to Explanation


For example, one phrase here steals shamelessly from Shakespeare and hopes to entice you by hinting at potentially profound or as my son calls them, pompous thoughts.

I could have said Signs are All; but signs become signs when we see them as carrying meaning, otherwise they are just objects. The action of applying, deriving, inferring a meaning is the most interesting part of life. One might call it interpreting. In fact, I was going name this blog interpretant, using the thoughts of Charles F. Peirce, an American mathematician in the early twentieth century, who suggested that a sign and an object become related in meaning via a link, an interpretant. Because, interpreter has a very functional meaning and let’s face it, critic is a loaded term as well. The problem remains the same in my mother tongue too. Vivechak, or as you would say in Gujarati / ગુજરાતી, વિવેચક, also carries plenty of connotations of the negative variety. In such a case, what’s a word lover to do?

We could be here for days talking about this but let’s not. Instead, glance at the couple of quotations below:

Text from http://bcs.bedfordstmartins.com/virtualit/poetry/critical_define/crit_struct.html reordered to suit my interests.

“European structuralists such as Roman Jakobson, Claude Lévi-Strauss, and Roland Barthes . . . attempted to develop a semiology, or semiotics (science of signs). Barthes, among others, sought to recover literature and even language from the isolation in which they had been studied and to show that the laws that govern them govern all signs, from road signs to articles of clothing.”

“Structuralism is a theory of humankind in which all elements of human culture, including literature, are thought to be parts of a system of signs.”

Therefore, “Semiophile” describes this blogger as a structuralist who is captivated by the effort to see, understand, and communicate signs about signs.

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