Conversion as semiotic mechanism for urban palimpsesting

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Conversion as semiotic mechanism for urban palimpsesting

  1. 1. “ Conversion” as a semiotic mechanism for (urban) palimpsesting Borislav Gueorguiev @ 16 th EFSS, Sozopol, Sept 7 th , 2010
  2. 2. What is “conversion” ? <ul><li>Linguistics </li></ul><ul><li>Grammar </li></ul><ul><li>Morphology </li></ul><ul><li>Theory of Word Formation </li></ul><ul><li>With all chances to become such kind of a metaphor as “paradigm”! </li></ul>
  3. 3. Conversion/Zero derivation <ul><li>The creation of a word from an existing word without any change in form. </li></ul><ul><li>Often a word of one lexical category (part of speech) is converted from a word of another lexical category. </li></ul><ul><li>The boundary between conversion and functional shift (the extension of an existing word to take on a new syntactic function) is not well-defined. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Example for linguistic conversion <ul><li>WORK </li></ul><ul><li>Verb ( he works ) </li></ul><ul><li>Noun ( a work ) </li></ul><ul><li>The explicit link between the base and the derivation (the new word) never disappears! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Another definition <ul><li>A kind of word formation by changing the grammar paradigm of an existing word without any formal change in the word. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is palimpsest? <ul><li>A palimpsest is a manuscript page from a scroll or book that has been scraped off and used again. The word &quot;palimpsest&quot; comes through Latin from Greek and meant &quot;scraped (clean and used) again.&quot; </li></ul>
  7. 7. The palimpsest as a metaphor <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Main statement <ul><li>We palimpsesting the culture by the conversion proceeding, i. e. by changing the paradigm and the context of something that already exists. </li></ul>
  9. 11. Effects of palimpsesting culture <ul><li>War of symbols: </li></ul><ul><li>The ex Bulgarian Communist Party Headquarter case. </li></ul><ul><li>Folklore – “Whose is this song”? </li></ul>
  10. 14. Which paradigm is changed? <ul><li>Different intentionalities create different senses. </li></ul><ul><li>The background never changes – only the surface level changes, according to different intentionalities and generating different contexts. </li></ul><ul><li>MANUSCRIPTS NEVER BURN! </li></ul>
  11. 15. Thank you! http://bgueorguiev.wordpress.com e-mail:info@borislavgueorguiev.net

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