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Signifying practices are the meaning-making behaviours in which people engage (including the production and reading of texts) following particular conventions or rules of construction and interpretation. Social semioticians focus on signifying practices in specific sociocultural contexts—on parole rather than langue (see also langue and parole), and tend towards diachronic rather than synchronic analysis—in contrast to structuralist semioticians who focus on the formal structure of sign systems. Realists criticize what they see as the reduction of reality by conventionalists to nothing more than signifying practices.

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