The social semiotic construction of chemical periodicity: A multimodal view

Yu, Liu and Nugroho, Aylanda Hidayati Dwi (2011) 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.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: chemical periodicity periodic table multimodality social semiotics grammar modal affordances
    Subjects: P Language and Literature
    Divisions: Faculty of Letter > English Department
    Depositing User: Admin
    Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2013 20:33
    Last Modified: 04 Jun 2013 20:33
    URI: http://repository.petra.ac.id/id/eprint/15991

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