Semioticslanguage, signs and symbols. It was first developed in the early 20th century, separately, by the Swiss Ferdinand Saussure and Charles Sanders Pierce of the U. S.
Semiotics is usually divided into three parts:
- Semantics - what was the meaning of the words or signs used;
- Pragmatics - who said it, to whom and in what circumstances and
- Syntactics - the formal rules of the language used.