Measuring the Meaning of Words in Contexts: An automated analysis of controversies about ‘Monarch butterflies,’ ‘Frankenfoods,’ and ‘stem cells’

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106255
Title:
Measuring the Meaning of Words in Contexts: An automated analysis of controversies about ‘Monarch butterflies,’ ‘Frankenfoods,’ and ‘stem cells’
Author:
Leydesdorff, Loet; Hellsten, Iina
Citation:
Measuring the Meaning of Words in Contexts: An automated analysis of controversies about ‘Monarch butterflies,’ ‘Frankenfoods,’ and ‘stem cells’ 2006,
Issue Date:
2006
Description:
Scientometrics 67(2), 2006, 231-258
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106255
Submitted date:
2006-09-21
Abstract:
Published in Scientometrics 67(2), 2006, 231-258. Abstract: Co-words have been considered as carriers of meaning across different domains in studies of science, technology, and society. Words and co-words, however, obtain meaning in sentences, and sentences obtain meaning in their contexts of use. At the science/society interface, words can be expected to have different meanings: the codes of communication that provide meaning to words differ on the varying sides of the interface. Furthermore, meanings and interfaces may change over time. Given this structuring of meaning across interfaces and over time, we distinguish between metaphors and diaphors as reflexive mechanisms that facilitate the translation between contexts. Our empirical focus is on three recent scientific controversies: Monarch butterflies, Frankenfoods, and stem-cell therapies. This study explores new avenues that relate the study of co-word analysis in context with the sociological quest for the analysis and processing of meaning.
Type:
Preprint
Language:
en
Keywords:
Science Technology Studies
Local subject classification:
codification; translation; mapping; metaphor; co-words; interfaces

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dc.contributor.authorLeydesdorff, Loeten_US
dc.contributor.authorHellsten, Iinaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-09-21T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:43:20Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.date.submitted2006-09-21en_US
dc.identifier.citationMeasuring the Meaning of Words in Contexts: An automated analysis of controversies about ‘Monarch butterflies,’ ‘Frankenfoods,’ and ‘stem cells’ 2006,en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/106255-
dc.descriptionScientometrics 67(2), 2006, 231-258en_US
dc.description.abstractPublished in Scientometrics 67(2), 2006, 231-258. Abstract: Co-words have been considered as carriers of meaning across different domains in studies of science, technology, and society. Words and co-words, however, obtain meaning in sentences, and sentences obtain meaning in their contexts of use. At the science/society interface, words can be expected to have different meanings: the codes of communication that provide meaning to words differ on the varying sides of the interface. Furthermore, meanings and interfaces may change over time. Given this structuring of meaning across interfaces and over time, we distinguish between metaphors and diaphors as reflexive mechanisms that facilitate the translation between contexts. Our empirical focus is on three recent scientific controversies: Monarch butterflies, Frankenfoods, and stem-cell therapies. This study explores new avenues that relate the study of co-word analysis in context with the sociological quest for the analysis and processing of meaning.en_US
dc.format.mimetypehtmen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectScience Technology Studiesen_US
dc.subject.othercodificationen_US
dc.subject.othertranslationen_US
dc.subject.othermappingen_US
dc.subject.othermetaphoren_US
dc.subject.otherco-wordsen_US
dc.subject.otherinterfacesen_US
dc.titleMeasuring the Meaning of Words in Contexts: An automated analysis of controversies about ‘Monarch butterflies,’ ‘Frankenfoods,’ and ‘stem cells’en_US
dc.typePreprinten_US
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