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Themes

Some central themes explored at The Semiotics of Writing were as follows:

 

  • The semiotics of writing: writing construed as a socio-semiotic system for human communication and meaning-making
  • Writing and cognition: the role of writing in the development of ontological and other forms of categories, concepts, forms of argumentation, inference and reasoning
  • Writing and culture: the role of the various systems, forms and genres of writing in the evolution and development of human culture
  • Writing science: the role of the semiotic system of writing in on-going processes of scientific research and communication
  • Writing and learning: the role of writing in institutionalised and other forms of teaching and learning
  • Writing technologies: how modern technologies designed specifically to write with, and in, affect the writing process and the types of texts produced

 

Obviously, with such a wide range of issues and themes on our agenda, and with a time frame of no more than three days in which to present and discuss them, we were able to do no more than touch briefly on a few core empirical and theoretical perspectives implicit in the above set of themes. It has been very inspiring to receive and read the very varied collection of articles contributed by our conference participants which now make up this volume, and I am pleased to be able to share them with you, thanks to our excellent co-operation with Brepols.

 


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