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    Conversion as semiotic mechanism for urban palimpsesting Conversion as semiotic mechanism for urban palimpsesting Presentation Transcript

    • “ Conversion” as a semiotic mechanism for (urban) palimpsesting Borislav Gueorguiev @ 16 th EFSS, Sozopol, Sept 7 th , 2010
    • What is “conversion” ?
      • Linguistics
      • Grammar
      • Morphology
      • Theory of Word Formation
      • With all chances to become such kind of a metaphor as “paradigm”!
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • Another definition
      • 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.
    • 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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    • Effects of palimpsesting culture
      • War of symbols:
      • The ex Bulgarian Communist Party Headquarter case.
      • Folklore – “Whose is this song”?
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    • 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!
    • Thank you! http://bgueorguiev.wordpress.com e-mail:info@borislavgueorguiev.net