Visualising Linguistic Theories

 The Idea

With a background in fine arts and graphic design, I am passionately working on the idea of increasing the amount of visualisations and infographics in linguistic papers and books. Here, my specific focus lies on visualising linguistic theories. I’m interested in collaborations with authors and editors who are looking to include elaborate visualisations of theoretical aspects of their research in their publications. I have designed visualisations and (interactive) graphics for the following authors/publications:

Collaborations | Publications


Brock, Alexander; Pflaeging, Jana (2018). ”The Virtues of Near-Analogy in Language and Communication,” in: Christoph Haase and Anne Schröder (eds.), Analogy, Copy, and Representation. Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Bielefeld: Aisthesis.



Pflaeging, Jana (2017). “Changing Potentials and their Use: The Case of Popular Science Journalism.” In: Brock, Alexander & Schildhauer, Peter, (eds.), Communication Forms and Communicative Practices: New Perspectives on Communication Forms, Affordances and What Users Make of Them. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 181-208.


Pflaeging, Jana; Brock, Alexander (2017). „A Sentence is a Hostel Room: New Approaches to Textbooks for Beginner Students of English Linguistics”, in: Stefanie Quakernack et al. (eds.). Exploring the Periphery: Perspectives from Applied Linguistics, Language Teaching, Literary and Cultural Studies. Bielefeld: Aisthesis.



Stöckl, Hartmut (2016). ”Multimodalität: Semiotische und Textlinguistische Grundlagen,” in: Nina-Maria Klug and Hartmut Stöckl (eds.), Sprache im multimodalen Kontext. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter.



Brock, Alexander (2016). “Mehrkanalkomik – Mehrkanalkunst. Semiotische Nähen bei Wort, Bild und Ton.” In: Friedrich W. Block, eds., Kunst und Komik: Ergebnisse des Kasseler Komik-Kolloquiums. Bielefeld: Aisthesis, 61-83.
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Schildhauer, Peter (2016). The Personal Weblog: A Linguistic History. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.



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BROCK, Alexander (2016). “The Borders of Humorous Intent: The Case of TV-Comedies.” Journal of Pragmatics. DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2015.12.003

BROCK, Alexander (2016). “Comedy Panel Show, Dramedy und Improv-Comedy – Zur kulturellen Ausdifferenzierung komischer Fernsehgenres in Großbritannien.” In: Hajo Diekmannshenke, Michael Klemm et al. (eds.), Kulturen des Komischen.




PFLAEGING, Jana (2015). “How to Visualize Linguistic Theories: Multimodale Linguistikvermittlung in universitären Lehrwerken” Mitteilungen des Deutschen Germanistenverbandes Heft 04/2015: Linguistische Schulbuchforschung.


How to Visualize Linguistics Theories – A Manual in 5 Steps

BROCK, Alexander (2015). “Partcipation Frameworks and Participation in Televised Sitcom, Candid Camera and Stand-up Comedy.” In: Marta Dynel / Jan Chovanec (eds.), Participation in Public and Social Media Interactions, Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 27-47.

DOMKE, Christine (2015). “Prohibition Signage in Public Places: On the Functional Organization of Different Media, Communication Forms, and Text Types.” In: 10plus1: Living Linguistics 1, n.pag.



PFLAEGING, Jana (2015). ““Things that Matter, Pass them on” ListSite as Viral Online Genre” In: 10plus1: Living Linguistics 1, 156-181.

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PFLAEGING, Jana (2013). „Promoting the Visualisation of Linguistic Theories“, in: Ammermann, Anne et al., Hrsg., Facets of Linguistics: Proceedings of the 14th Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium 2013 in Halle an der Saale. Frankfurt (Main) et al.: Peter Lang, 173-188.


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