Although many semiotic codes can be seen as interpretive codes, this is one way of classifying a major group of codes, alongside social codes and textual codes. In this distinction, interpretive codes include perceptual codes and ideological codes. Interpretive codes can be seen as forming a basis for modality judgements, drawing on textual and social codes and knowledge. There is less agreement among semioticians about the status of interpretive codes as semiotic codes than about the other kinds of codes, partly because they are relatively loose and inexplicit (see also hermeneutics).
Subjects: Media Studies.