Conversion as semiotic mechanism for urban palimpsestingPresentation Transcript
“ Conversion” as a semiotic mechanism for (urban) palimpsesting Borislav Gueorguiev @ 16 th EFSS, Sozopol, Sept 7 th , 2010
What is “conversion” ?
Theory of Word Formation
With all chances to become such kind of a metaphor as “paradigm”!
The creation of a word from an existing word without any change in form.
Often a word of one lexical category (part of speech) is converted from a word of another lexical category.
The boundary between conversion and functional shift (the extension of an existing word to take on a new syntactic function) is not well-defined.
Example for linguistic conversion
Verb ( he works )
Noun ( a work )
The explicit link between the base and the derivation (the new word) never disappears!
A kind of word formation by changing the grammar paradigm of an existing word without any formal change in the word.
What is palimpsest?
A palimpsest is a manuscript page from a scroll or book that has been scraped off and used again. The word "palimpsest" comes through Latin from Greek and meant "scraped (clean and used) again."
The palimpsest as a metaphor
The metaphor of palimpsest says that we never entirely delete the past in all its representations: narratives, traditions, manuscripts, books, inscriptions, images, architecture, music, etc.
We palimpsesting the culture by the conversion proceeding, i. e. by changing the paradigm and the context of something that already exists.
Effects of palimpsesting culture
War of symbols:
The ex Bulgarian Communist Party Headquarter case.
Folklore – “Whose is this song”?
Which paradigm is changed?
Different intentionalities create different senses.
The background never changes – only the surface level changes, according to different intentionalities and generating different contexts.