A Report on Chinese Semiotic Studies

Chinese Semiotic Studies is a peer-reviewed academic journal sponsored by the first advanced research institute of semiotics in China, namely, the International Institute of Semiotics Studies at Nanjing Normal University. The journal was launched in 2009 and has been published quarterly with De Gruyter Mouton since 2014. As a cutting-edge publication of semiotics, it explores the forefront of research and development in semiotics both inside and outside of China, with a special focus on creating East–West interactions and dialogue. To date, it has published influential articles written by such leading scholars as John Deely and Noam Chomsky. It is also a wonderful platform for young scholars from around the world to make their voices heard.

Chinese Semiotic Studies

Call for Papers

Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

ISSN 2198-9605, e-ISSN 2198-9613

Website: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/css
E-mail for submission:

Yongxiang Wang attending the 26th International Summer School for Semiotic and Structural Studies at Imatra.


Dear colleagues,

Happy New Year!

It has been 8 years since Chinese Semiotic Studies (CSS) started the publication of its first issue in 2009. And it is now published by De Gruyter Mouton with 4 issues per year.

CSS seeks to promote semiotic studies not only in China but also in the world at large in order to further mutual understanding and communication among semiotic scholars of varying cultural backgrounds. To this end, the journal publishes high quality articles from all branches of semiotics including general, existential, cognitive, cultural, dynamic, social semiotics, and biosemiotics. Also welcome are studies in the sign theories of classic foundational scholars such as Ferdinand de Saussure and Charles Sanders Peirce. The content of articles may range from theory building to the application of semiotic theories, from microanalysis to macro studies, and may draw on such fields as linguistics, literary theory, philosophy, aesthetics, communication, media, cognitive sciences and biology. To guarantee the quality of articles, all contributions will undergo a very strict procedure of anonymous peer-review.

Besides the regular sections for general semiotics, each issue of CSS contains three special thematic sections devoted to: (i) Chinese Cultural Signs and Sign Theories, (ii) Western Cultural Signs and Sign Theories, and (iii) Interactions between Chinese and Western semioticians. Contributions to these specific sections are especially welcome.

Our submission e-mail is cssnnu@163.com.

Best wishes,

Yongxiang Wang (Editor-in-chief of Chinese Semiotic Studies)


Chinese Semiotic Studies | 2016 | Volume 12 | Issue 4

Part One: Western Cultural Signs and Sign Theories
John A. F. Hopkins
A Semiotic Key to The Waste Land|481
Yicun Jiang
The Impasse of Metaphorical Essentialism|517
George Rossolatos
Limeating Inc.|533
Part Two: Interactions between Chinese and Western
Alexander Mosquera
The Anthropo-Semiotics of the Chinese Funeral Striptease|549
Lelia Gándara and María Florencia Sartori
Discursive Heterogeneity in Chinese Literature|577
Guang Shi
Shi-Xu, Discourse and Culture: From Discourse Analysis to Cultural Discourse
Xiaofang Yan
Eero Tarasti, Sein und Schein: Explorations in existential semiotics |597

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