Proceedings of the 14 th Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium 2013 in Halle an der Saale
Edited By Anne Ammermann, Alexander Brock, Jana Pflaeging and Peter Schildhauer
Promoting the Visualisation of Linguistic Theories
This paper seeks to promote the idea of visualising linguistic theories in the context of teaching (English) linguistics to beginner students. Drawing on a typology of pictures of knowledge transfer commonly applied in (educational) psychology, I use a semiotic approach to refine the categorisation. Having gained a workable terminology, I investigate a small corpus of chapters on semantics extracted from contemporary introductory books to English linguistics. My analysis focusses on the quantity and quality of picture use. A suggestion concerning the question of how linguistic theories could be visualised concludes my paper.