Emotion, Expression, Explanation
Edited By András Benedek and Kristof Nyiri
Information Visualization: Infographics from a Linguistic Point of View
“We live in an image-dominated age, and popular science abounds with visuals: eye-popping photographs, gorgeous graphics and slick information design. Amidst all this eye candy, not much attention is paid to figures accompanying articles in scientific journals and white papers.”2 Visualized information can be any text complemented with a photo or graphics (preferably selected to match the text) but may also take the form of “infographics”, especially in the posts of news and popular science websites.
The paper deals with information visualization using infographics as an example (more specifically it examines infographics from a linguistic point of view) and it also touches on issues such as the big data phenomenon, compression methods, source criticism or the “reading” of images and texts.
The relationship between information visualization and linguistics can be examined from two different angles: the first deals with how and for what purpose information visualization is used by linguistics, which is primarily concerned with word-language; the second deals with how and from what aspects can infographics integrating images and texts be described with the tools and methodology of linguistics.
To carry out this examination, first we have to clarify the notion of infographics.
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