Visual Language Theory

  • Kim Marriott
  • Bernd Meyer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Kim Marriott, Bernd Meyer
    Pages 1-4
  3. Kim Marriott, Bernd Meyer, Kent B. Wittenburg
    Pages 5-85
  4. N. Hari Narayanan, Roland Hübscher
    Pages 87-128
  5. Kim Marriott, Bernd Meyer
    Pages 129-169
  6. Gennaro Costagliola, Andrea De Lucia, Sergio Orefice, Genny Tortora
    Pages 171-191
  7. Filomena Ferrucci, Genny Tortora, Maurizio Tucci, Giuliana Vitiello
    Pages 219-243
  8. Marc Andries, Gregor Engels, Jan Rekers
    Pages 245-259
  9. Dejuan Wang, Henk Zeevat
    Pages 307-323
  10. T. B. Dinesh, S. Üsküdarli
    Pages 325-351
  11. Paolo Bottoni, Maria Francesca Costabile, Stefano Levialdi, Piero Mussio
    Pages 353-375
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 377-381

About this book


Kim Marriott Bernd Meyer Communication is one of the hallmarks of humans. When we think of hu­ man communication, most people first think of spoken and written lan­ guages. These are similar in that symbols in the language are encountered and processed sequentially, either temporally as they are spoken or as char­ acters are read across a page. However, not all human communication is sequential in nature. Important components of human communication are visual languages, such as maps or diagrams. In these languages the basic symbols are not encountered sequentially but rather seen together at a glance. Visual languages are ubiquitous in human cultures, ranging from tradi­ tional paintings of central Australian aborigines which are, in part, maps of the countryside to an architect's design of a new building. Visual languages have been employed from earliest pre-history to the present and are used in almost every human endeavor. They cover the entire spectrum of human expression ranging from fine art, such as an abstract expressionist's private language, to precise technical communication using rigorously defined no­ tation, such as musical notation, mathematical notation, or street maps. Some visual languages, such as sign languages used by the deaf community, substitute spoken language entirely. Indeed, sign languages, for example American Sign Language, are a particularly interesting instance of visual communication, since they use three-dimensional spatial arrangements of signs in combination with their sequential temporal order to constitute meaning.


Syntax artificial intelligence circuit design computational linguistics formal language grammar human-computer interaction (HCI) intelligence linguistics presentation semantics

Editors and affiliations

  • Kim Marriott
    • 1
  • Bernd Meyer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceMonash UniversityVictoriaAustralia
  2. 2.Lehr und Forschungseinrichtung für Programmierung und Softwaretechnik Institut für InformatikLudwig Maximillians UniversitätMunichGermany

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-7240-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4612-1676-6
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