LINGUIST List 30.3962

Fri Oct 18 2019

Calls: Linguistic Theories, Philosophy of Language, Semantics/Germany

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 18-Oct-2019
From: Daniel Rellstab <>
Subject: „Medial and Semiotic Transformations in Scientific Practice (Phenomena, Data, Contexts, Results)“
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Full Title: „Medial and Semiotic Transformations in Scientific Practice (Phenomena, Data, Contexts, Results)“

Date: 22-Sep-2020 - 26-Sep-2020
Location: Chemnitz, Germany
Contact Person: Mark Dang-Anh
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Philosophy of Language; Semantics

Call Deadline: 01-Dec-2019

Meeting Description:

(Panel at 16th international Congress of the German Semiotics Society “Transformations of Signs and their Objects“)

This panel focusses on practices of semiotic transformations, the transfer from one semiotic mode to another and from one medium to another, in research processes and scientific communication. It aims at assessing the methodological and epistemological consequences involved in semiotic transformation and intends to explore how semiotic transformation of data, results of research, and other research material impacts and modifies meaning construction.
Semiotic transformations occur during different phases of research processes: during data collection, data preparation, data analysis, and the presentation of results. Transcription of verbal interaction, for example, has been theorized to some extent. However, the presentation of data, or the representation of research findings in oral presentations, journals, and books, in academic discourse and science journalism, requires further semiotic analysis.

Even the interpretation of data entails processes of semiotic transformation: Token phenomena are allocated to types and thereby related to specific concepts of knowledge; Werner Holly and Ludwig Jäger conceptualized this interpretative practice as transcriptivity and applied it to the analysis of image-text-relations (Holly/Jäger 2011). To tailor methodically generated knowledge to specific audiences and media in reports, articles, and presentations implies a selective integration of signs which have become relevant in the research process; this is, in itself, a semiotic transformation.

The panel seeks to assemble and to discuss explanations of processes of semiotic transformations in research practices of different disciplines and from different perspectives; it also aims at formulating a media-semiotic critique of methods to advance reflection of research practices in different fields. Therefore, it invites contributions not only from semiotics, yet also, for example, from cognitive science, pedagogy and didactics, media studies, and sociology.

Holly, Werner; Jäger, Ludwig (2011): Transkriptionstheoretische Medienanalyse. Vom Anders-Lesbar-Machen durch intermediale Bezugnahmepraktiken. In: Jan Georg Schneider und Hartmut Stöckl (Hg.): Medientheorien und Multimodalität. Ein TV-Werbespot - Sieben methodische Beschreibungsansätze. Köln: Herbert von Halem Verlag, S. 151–168.

Call for Papers:

Please send your proposals for papers in German or English (20 minutes) and a short academic CV by email to Mark Dang-Anh ( no later than 01 December 2019.

The document should include: Title, name of the author, summary of the topic (max. 300 words), affiliation, email address, short-bio, list of publications (max 5).
Talks should not exceed 20 minutes in length. Selected contributions will likely be published.
The panel language is English and German with English slides and discussions. Please note that other panels might be presented in German only.

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