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Iconic semiosis and representational efficiency in the London Underground Diagram
Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil.
Mackenzie University, Brazil.
Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil.
2014 (English)In: Cognitive Semiotics, ISSN 1662-1425, Vol. 7, no 2, 177-190 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The icon is the type of sign connected to efficient representational features, and its manipulation reveals more information about its object. The London Underground Diagram (LUD) is an iconic artifact and a well-known example of representational efficiency, having been copied by urban transportation systems worldwide. This paper investigates the efficiency of the LUD in the light of different conceptions of iconicity. We stress that a specialized representation is an icon of the formal structure of the problem for which it has been specialized. By embedding such rules of action and behavior, the icon acts as a semiotic artifact distributing cognitive effort and participating in niche construction.

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2014. Vol. 7, no 2, 177-190 p.
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iconicity, operational iconicity, optimal iconicity, representational efficiency, diagrammatic reasoning, London Underground Diagram, Peirce
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-60816DOI: 10.1515/cogsem-2014-0012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-60816DiVA: diva2:1075924
Available from: 2017-02-21 Created: 2017-02-21 Last updated: 2017-03-07Bibliographically approved

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