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Pygmalion in the classroom: a tool to draw lexicographic diachronic maps and their application to didactics

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)
Author Dell'OroFrancesca , Bermúdez Sabel Helena , Marongiu Paola ,
Project A world of possibilities. Modal pathways on the extra-long period: the diachrony of modality in the Latin language
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Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)

Book La lexicografía didáctica: Reflexiones y recursos orientados al aprendizaje de lenguas
Editor , Márquez Cruz Manuel ; , Ferreira Martins Viviane
Publisher Guillermo Escolar Editor, Madrid
Page(s) 35 - 48
ISBN 978-84-18981-24-1
Title of proceedings La lexicografía didáctica: Reflexiones y recursos orientados al aprendizaje de lenguas

Open Access

URL https://libra.unine.ch/Publications/Francesca_Dell%27oro/48730
Type of Open Access Repository (Green Open Access)

Abstract

This contribution presents Pygmalion, a tool that facilitates the creation of interactive diachronic maps, and focuses on some of its possible applications to the didactics of languages and linguistics. Pygmalion was conceived in the framework of the project A world of possibilities. Modal pathways over an extra-long period of time: the diachrony of modality in the Latin language (WoPoss). Although its initial conceptualisation was heavily influenced by the research questions of this project and, therefore, the visualisation of modality was a decisive feature, the tool was later redesigned for a broader use. In fact, to increase usability, we offer three different versions to better suit users’ requirements. The primary goal of Pygmalion is to provide scholars, teachers, and learners with an instrument to visually represent the heterogenous diachronic linguistic information contained in lexicographic works. The conceptualisation of this type of resource raises a twofold objective: while we need to address the difficulties of designing a visualisation that illustrates complex concepts, such as semantic shifts and meaning relations, it is crucial to ensure the readability of the data through a user-friendly and intuitive tool.
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