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Text- och resursorientering inom multimodalitetsforskningen: En teoretisk diskussion om förklaringsvärden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
2012 (Swedish)In: Språk & stil, ISSN 1101-1165, Vol. 22:1, no 1, 135-161 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the explanatory value of two theoretical orientations within multimodal research on texts and communication, and it explores the potential benefits of combining them. Firstly, the multimodal text (involving other semiotic modes than language) can be taken as a point of departure for the analysis and understanding of meaning making. This has been a common approach within text and discourse analysis. Secondly, there is an orientation toward the multimodal resources being employed when people make meaning, placing the interests of sign-/text-makers and processes of text creation just as much in focus as the textual products that emerge from them.

The discussions in the article primarily make reference to the broader framework of social semiotic multimodality research, taking the theoretical assumptions made in Kress & van Leeuwen’s influential book Reading images: The grammar of visual design (2006) as one important point of departure. In particular, research categorised under the tentative labels of multimodal discourse analysis, social semiotic multimodal analysis and multimodal interactional analysis is reviewed and related to the status the authors ascribe to texts and semiotic resources. The text analytical implications of text and resource orientations and combinations of the two are finally illustrated by a sample analysis of multimodal texts created by children in educational contexts.

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2012. Vol. 22:1, no 1, 135-161 p.
Keyword [en]
multimodal discourse analysis, multimodality, semiotic mode, semiotic potential, semiotic resource, social semiotics, text analysis
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Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-78328OAI: diva2:537299
Available from: 2012-08-07 Created: 2012-06-26 Last updated: 2012-08-07Bibliographically approved

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