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  • 1. “ Conversion” as a semiotic mechanism for (urban) palimpsesting Borislav Gueorguiev @ 16 th EFSS, Sozopol, Sept 7 th , 2010
  • 2. What is “conversion” ?
    • Linguistics
    • Grammar
    • Morphology
    • Theory of Word Formation
    • With all chances to become such kind of a metaphor as “paradigm”!
  • 3. Conversion/Zero derivation
    • 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.
  • 4. Example for linguistic conversion
    • WORK
    • Verb ( he works )
    • Noun ( a work )
    • The explicit link between the base and the derivation (the new word) never disappears!
  • 5. Another definition
    • A kind of word formation by changing the grammar paradigm of an existing word without any formal change in the word.
  • 6. 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."
  • 7. 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.
  • 8. Main statement
    • We palimpsesting the culture by the conversion proceeding, i. e. by changing the paradigm and the context of something that already exists.
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  • 11. Effects of palimpsesting culture
    • War of symbols:
    • The ex Bulgarian Communist Party Headquarter case.
    • Folklore – “Whose is this song”?
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  • 14. 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.
    • MANUSCRIPTS NEVER BURN!
  • 15. Thank you! http://bgueorguiev.wordpress.com e-mail:info@borislavgueorguiev.net