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Title: The social semiotic construction of chemical periodicity: A multimodal view
Paper URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/sem.2012.2012.issue-190/sem-2012-0043/sem-2012-0043.xml?format=INT
Author: Yu Liu
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Institution: Sichuan International Studies University
Author: Aylanda Dwi-Nugroho
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics
Abstract: Chemical periodicity is widely recognized as one fundamental idea in science and much of the existing research attempts to discover one periodic table most accurately depicting the natural order. This article adopts a multimodal perspective on the periodic system by analyzing its historical evolution and the constructed nature of periodic tables. The analysis indicates that chemical periodicity was culturally shaped as specialized functionalities for classifying elements by their similar chemical behaviors. We argue that tabular representations have powerful yet constrained modal affordances to interpret scientific phenomena and that social semiotics provides a preliminary meta-language for teaching and learning chemical periodicity.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Semiotica Vol. 190-1/4 (2012), pp. 133-151
URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/sem.2012.2012.issue-190/sem-2012-0043/sem-2012-0043.xml?format=INT


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