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also se·mei·ot·ics  (sē′mē-ŏt′ĭks, sĕm′ē-, sē′mī-)
n. (used with a sing. verb)
The theory and study of signs and symbols, especially as elements of language or other systems of communication, and comprising semantics, syntactics, and pragmatics.

se′mi·o·ti′cian (-ə-tĭsh′ən) n.
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(ˌsɛmɪəˈtɪʃən) or


(Linguistics) a person who studies semiotics
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Noun1.semiotician - a specialist in the study of meaning
linguist, linguistic scientist - a specialist in linguistics
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Abbagnano, who taught at the University of Turin from 1936 until 1973 and who influenced the novelist and semioticist Umberto Eco, acquired international esteem almost entirely for his work as an encyclopedist.