Z8172 Semiotics in cartography

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
2/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Bc. Zdeněk Stachoň, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Marian Švik (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Rudolf Brázdil, DrSc.
Department of Geography - Earth Sciences Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: Mgr. Bc. Zdeněk Stachoň, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Geography - Earth Sciences Section - Faculty of Science
Mon 17. 9. to Fri 14. 12. Thu 13:00–14:50 Z3,02045
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
Z8172/01: Mon 17. 9. to Fri 14. 12. Wed 10:00–10:50 Z7,02017a, M. Švik
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 15 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 1/15, only registered: 0/15
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Present the rudiments of the theory of map semiotics and toponomastics. Provide detail description of the map legend design, use of the morphographic operations on map sign elaboration, localization, and description as cartographers.
Learning outcomes
At the end of this course, students should be able to: undestand rudiments of theory of map symbols and geographical names, use morphographic operations on symbol elaboration, localization and description as cartographers - specialists for thematic cartography.
  • 1. Delimitation and definition of base term in map semiotics, map language and map symbol; development of conception in elaboration of symbol systems. - 2. Informative conception, conception of cartographic communication, conception of map as a system, conception of mathematic-cartographical modelling. - 3. Conception of language of map, conception of map symbolism, conception of map - cartographic language. - 4. Base of language conception of map and basic criterions of map language organization. - 5. Legend of map and semiotics of map symbols. - 6. Morphography of map symbols and morphographic operations. - 7. Map syntactics - projection, map net, localization and typification principles. - 8. Map style - historical, present, individual and regional. - 9. Delimitation of terms as onomastics and toponomastics, geographical names, system of geographical names. - 10. Classification of toponymic types in Czech language. - 11. Semantic bearing toponyms. - 12. Standardization of geographical names on different levels. - 13. Cartographic languages in the world and their transpozition, transliteration and transcription; exonyms. - 14. Graphic bearing on map account. - 15. Toponomastics sources - historical, geographical, cartographical and dialictical.
  • Pravda, Ján. Základy koncepcie mapového jazyka. Bratislava: Geografický ústav SAV, 1990. 168 s.
  • ŠMILAUER, Vladimír. Úvod do toponomastiky : nauky o vlastních jménech zeměpisných. 2. vyd. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1966. 231 s. info
  • Lutterer, Ivan - Šrámek, Rudolf. Zeměpisná jména v Čechách, na Moravě a ve Slezsku. 1. vyd. Havlíčkův Brod: Tobiáš, 1997. 317 s.
  • BERTIN, Jacques. Semiology of graphics : diagrams, networks, maps. Translated by William J. Berg. 1st ed. Redlands, Calif.: ESRI Press, 2011. xv, 438. ISBN 9781589482616. info
Teaching methods
Theoretical lectures, practical computer lessons
Assessment methods
oral exam, practice exercises evaluation
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2007 - for the purpose of the accreditation, Autumn 2010 - only for the accreditation, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2007, Autumn 2008, Autumn 2009, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Autumn 2011 - acreditation, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, autumn 2017, Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020.
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