WELCOME TO THE "WORLD-FAMOUS" UC SAN DIEGO SEMIOTIC
The UC San Diego Semiotic Zoo (UCSZ) is proud to present a special exhibition
of exotic specimens and fabulous mutations, captured live in the jungles of
academic discourse, and assembled here with great care for your entertainment
and edification. The tour begins by clicking on one of the "Semiotic
Introduction" lines below; you will then be guided through a series of
exhibits in an area of the zoo; you can return to this homepage from any
exhibit and then click the appropriate line to view your favorite specimens
again out of order. You should tour Area I first.
I love the UC San Diego Semiotic Zoo.
Background information for the zoo, particularly the notion of semiotic
morphism (which is technically speaking what all these little beasties
are - or rather, in Area I are not), can be obtained in the first semiotic introduction; more technical details are
available in the on-line document Semiotic
Morphisms, and in still more detail, in the basic technical paper, An Introduction to Algebraic Semiotics, with
Application to User Interface Design. A more leisurely introduction
to the ideas of algebraic semiotics may be found on the website of the course
CSE 271. See also The Literary Mind, by
Mark Turner (Oxford 1997) for an
excellent informal description of the approach to stories, parables and
projection taken in this zoo.
AREA I: MUTANTS, MONSTERS & OTHER SEMIOTICALLY
Although these creatures are already installed in their cages for your viewing
pleasure, Area II is not yet open to the public. We hope that what you learn
from your visit to the zoo will help you to communicate better in a variety of
media, including natural language, Java applets, algebraic notation, and
graphical illustrations. We believe that semiotic morphisms are a new
fundamental concept for user interface design, media studies, computer
graphics, semiotics, linguistics, and similar fields, and we hope that you
will join in our quest for further insight. Please visit the zoo again.
AREA II: TRANSFORMERS, PROJECTERS & OTHER
SEMIOTICALLY NORMAL BEINGS
NOTE: THIS AREA OF THE ZOO IS NOT YET OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
With sincere apologies to the real San
Diego Zoo, which for some reason is usually prefixed with "world-famous,"
with the hyphen and without the quotes. Special thanks to Dr Akira Mori for
help with caging some of the animals. The panda was captured at the Yale Style
Manuual, which in turn captured it from Jones and Jones, Architects.
To Tatami project homepage.
To UCSD Meaning and Computation Lab homepage.
To my homepage.
19 May 1998; slightly modified 24 January 2000.