Visual and Linguistic Representations of Places of Origin

An Interdisciplinary Analysis

  • Maria Pia Pozzato

Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Maria Pia Pozzato
    Pages 1-15
  3. Maps, Place of Origin, Identity: Underlying Cultural Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Federico Montanari
      Pages 79-93
  4. A Case-Study

  5. Dataset Analysis

About this book


This book is about the representations - both visual and linguistic - which people give of their own places of origin. It examines the drawings of interviewees who were asked to draw their own place of origin on a white A3 sheet, using pencil or colour, according to their choice. If they were born in a place they did not remember because they moved in when they were very small, they could draw the place they did remember as the scenario of their early childhood. The drawings are examined from three different perspectives: semiotics, cognitive psychology and geography. The semiotic instruments are used to describe how each person reconstructs a complex image of his/her childhood place, and how they translate their own memories from one language to another, e.g. from drawing to verbal story, trying to approach what they want to express in the best possible way. The cognitive-psychological point of view helps clarify the emotional world of the interviewees and their motivations during the process of reconstruction and expression of their childhood experiences. The geographical conceptualizations concern a cultural level and provide insight into the cartographic models that inspire the maps people drew. One of the main findings was the influence from cultural codes as demonstrated in the fact that most of the US students interviewed drew their maps showing considerable cartographic expertise in comparison to their European counterparts.


Semiotics (of places) Visual and cultural geography Psychology of cognition and emotions Self-mapping and construction of the identity Visual-gestural modality of sign languages Places of origin linguistic landscape

Authors and affiliations

  • Maria Pia Pozzato
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and CommunicationUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-68857-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-68858-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-3807
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-3815
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