Arrows can be dangerous

Monk, John (2013). Arrows can be dangerous. tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, 11(1) pp. 67–92.



Arrow signs find use in professional fields are a part of everyday practices exercised in public places. Both the geographical and cultural settings affect a signs utility; the focus here is on arrows in England and its North American colonies and in particular English uses of the broad arrowhead as a symbol for regal property and as a mark on convict's clothes. A semiotic analysis using Jakobson's functional categories shows that practices that incorporate signs are not unde the control of the sign maker and the geographical and historical context can change a signs use and can occasionally render an acceptable sign into one that provokes anger and bring ignominy. Such negative effects draw attention to the ethical dimension of sign

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 35913
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1726-670X
  • Extra Information
  • This article is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Austria License.
  • Keywords
  • arrow signs; semiotics; poetics; broad arrow; English law; ethics
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
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  • © 2013 The Author
  • Depositing User
  • John Monk