The Social Semiotic Construction of Chemical Periodicity: A Multimodal View

Yu, Liu and Dwi Nugroho, Aylanda Hidayati (2012) The Social Semiotic Construction of Chemical Periodicity: A Multimodal View. Semiotica, 190 (1/4). pp. 133-151. ISSN 1613-3692

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      Chemical periodicity is widely recognized as one fundamental idea in science and much of the existing research attempts to discover one periodic table most accurately depicting the natural order. This article adopts a multimodal perspective on the periodic system by analyzing its historical evolution and the constructed nature of periodic tables. The analysis indicates that chemical periodicity was culturally shaped as specialized functionalities for classifying elements by their similar chemical behaviors. We argue that tabular representations have powerful yet constrained modal affordances to interpret scientific phenomena and that social semiotics provides a preliminary meta-language for teaching and learning chemical periodicity. Keywords: chemical periodicity; periodic table; multimodality; social semiotics; grammar; modal affordances

      Item Type: Article
      Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
      Divisions: Faculty of Letter > English Department
      Depositing User: Aylanda Hidayati Dwi Nugroho
      Date Deposited: 03 May 2013 14:08
      Last Modified: 03 May 2013 14:08
      URI: http://repository.petra.ac.id/id/eprint/15941

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