Oita Text Fourm

What is the OTF?

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The Oita Text Forum was founded in August 2009 by 5 scholars in Japan and China.   The goals of the OTF are to:

• Provide an open forum where researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds can exchange information and share knowledge of how texts are produced and structured, and;

• Elucidate the process of text generation from social or cognitive or socio-cognitive perspectives.


The OTF defines text as any form of structured semiotic entity, and includes:

• linguistic texts, whether written or spoken

• paintings, sculptures, and any form of art

• film

• architecture

• dance, etc.

• any combination of these semiotic modes