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Facets of Linguistics

Proceedings of the 14 th Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium 2013 in Halle an der Saale

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Edited By Anne Ammermann, Alexander Brock, Jana Pflaeging and Peter Schildhauer

This volume aims to represent the breadth and depth of current linguistic research of predominantly young linguists and thus to produce a snapshot of topical linguistic issues and trends. Therefore, it presents papers from systemic linguistics next to ones on text linguistics, sociolinguistics and the didactics of language. The volume is based on talks given at the 14 th Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium 2013 in Halle an der Saale. The book contains 14 contributions in English, and three in German.
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Promoting the Visualisation of Linguistic Theories

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Jana Pflaeging

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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.

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