Remarks on the iconicity and interpretation of existential graphs

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

2 Scopus citations


In the 1890s, Peirce reformulated quantification theory by expressing it in a language of diagrams, called existential graphs. Peirce thought that the iconicity of his graphs made them suitable for analyzing logical reasoning. Iconic signs can be said to show their meaning, and this paper studies the ways in which graphs do this. Peirce's pragmatic analysis of propositions resembles game-theoretical semantics, and existential graphs show what they mean by displaying the structure of the semantic game for the proposition represented by a graph.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-187
Number of pages19
Issue number186
StatePublished - Aug 2011


  • Existential graph
  • Icon
  • Interpretation
  • Peirce
  • Pragmatism
  • Sign

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


Dive into the research topics of 'Remarks on the iconicity and interpretation of existential graphs'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this