Sign Relation - Dyadic Aspects of Sign Relations - Ennotation

Ennotation

The aspect of a sign's meaning that arises from the dyadic relation of its objects to its interpretants has no standard name. If an interpretant is considered to be a sign in its own right, then its independent reference to an object can be taken as belonging to another moment of denotation, but this neglects the mediational character of the whole transaction in which this occurs. Denotation and connotation have to do with dyadic relations in which the sign plays an active role, but here we have to consider a dyadic relation between objects and interpretants that is mediated by the sign from an off-stage position, as it were. As a relation between objects and interpretants that is mediated by a sign, this aspect of meaning may be referred to as the ennotation of a sign, and the dyadic relation that constitutes the ennotative aspect of a sign relation L may be notated as Enn(L).

The ennotational component of meaning for a sign relation L is captured by its projection on the plane of the object and interpretant domains, and it is thus defined as follows:

Enn(L) = projOIL = { (o, i) ∈ O × I : (o, s, i) ∈ L for some sS }.

As it happens, the sign relations LA and LB are fully symmetric with respect to exchanging signs and interpretants, so all of the data of projOSLA is echoed unchanged in projOILA and all of the data of projOSLB is echoed unchanged in projOILB.

projOI(LA)
Object Interpretant
A "A"
A "i"
B "B"
B "u"
projOI(LB)
Object Interpretant
A "A"
A "u"
B "B"
B "i"

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