The author discusses how Bühler’s theory of sign was influenced by the phenomenological movement - and especially by Husserl - both on the theoretical and on the methodological level. First, Bühler adopts a phenomenological approach as opposed to a genetic one. Second, he reinterprets the Husserlian notion of a "meaning conferring act" as a "language act". Finally, the author argues that the Husserlian distinction between objective meanings and essentially subjective meanings is crucial for the understanding of Bühler’s notions of indexical and symbolic signs.
Keywords: Epistemology, Meaning, Phenomenology, Phoneme, Sign, Sematology.