Maps as Language/The Language of Maps

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Abstract

The communication model for maps based on an analogy to telephones and radios has fallen into disfavor. However, maps do communicate and do so through what might be termed a cartographic language. Like written communications, maps can be descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive, and symbols, color, typeface, text, and projections are all used to communicate information to the map user. I look at how maps communicate and how they have been seen as language.

Keywords

Maps as communication Language Symbols Color Typefaces Projection Generalization 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyCalifornia State UniversityLong BeachUSA

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