Reference : Grammar and graphical semiotics in early syntactic diagrams: Clark (1847) and Reed-Ke...
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Grammar and graphical semiotics in early syntactic diagrams: Clark (1847) and Reed-Kellogg (1876)
Mazziotta, Nicolas mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de langues et littératures romanes > Linguistique synchronique du français >]
In press
Actes du colloque ICHoLS 14 [titre provisoire]
Fortis, Jean-Michel
Aussant, Émilie
du 28 août 2017 au 1er septembre 2017
Laboratoire HTL
[en] syntax ; diagrams ; graphical semiotics ; American grammar
[en] This paper shows that the authors who first used diagrams to represent syntactic structures chose graphical conventions that constrained the way they could represent their analyses. Some graphical conventions may look similar despite following different rationales. Conversely, they may also look different and yet be grounded in the same logic. This second possibility becomes obvious when comparing the diagramming systems proposed by Clark (who uses aggregated bubbles) and Reed & Kellogg (who use strokes). Nevertheless, bi-dimensional objects such as bubbles offer more varied layout possibilities for drawing diagrams than mono-dimensional objects such as strokes do. Consequently, authors have to add the representation for abstract concepts such as inclusion by means that are compatible with the basic objects they use.

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