The Signs’ Behavior in Autistic Children: Semiosis of an Unspoken Language

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Bujar Hoxha


The present paper aims to elaborate on some of the communicational deficits in children
with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Treating autism semiotically entails in itself a multitude
of semiotic processes. We may evidence these with: the process of intermediation in communicating
abilities, a special sort of reaction, as well as inter-subjective feedback within frames of the
communication with the other, and/or significant other. In my view, besides, an autistic child
conceptualizes his/her social reality through sensory-deficits which look unusual to the rest of
the world. Owing to his/her pre-existential signs, which belong to the organic nature of the
problematics, such children transform such sorts of communication into passionate tantrums
and/or meltdowns, through their repetitive and stereotyped behavior. This thus makes the
problematics semiotically relevant. The semiotics of passions, as well as existential semiotics, deduces a
semantic taxonomy aimed at a process of semiosis of an unspoken language, thus making visible the
similarities and/or differences between a typical and/or atypical sort of behavior (or: between autistic
and non-autistic “worlds”). In conclusion, the “signs in action” transform themselves into meaningful
semantic units in frames of the “physiologically” conceptualized actions by autistic children.

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Hoxha, B. (2021). The Signs’ Behavior in Autistic Children: Semiosis of an Unspoken Language. Humanities Bulletin, 4(1), 86–102. Retrieved from