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Full Title: Spoken Language in a Multimodal Context

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Start Date: 10-Dec-2012 - 11-Dec-2012
Contact: Sandra Falbe
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Meeting Description: Over the last decade, the concept of multimodality has gained increasing significance across those sciences concerned with investigating the function, use and development of media that combine visual and auditory elements. The audiovisual text is considered to be the example par excellence for multimodality as it explains the interest that communication and translation studies have in determining the extent of multimodality more precisely in the context of audiovisual genres.

However, the way in which the interaction between the different channels or modes is perceived or modelled, has consequences for the approach taken by other textual and discourse genres, e.g. written literature, which, ultimately, should be considered a multimodal product as well. In this field, the concept of multimodality clashes with other concepts such as the concept of simulated orality, which is based on the assumption that e.g. in literary dialogues the spoken language is evoked in the written code or mode of the text (conceptional orality).

The concept of simulated or fictional orality is based on the differentiation between the phonic and the graphic code as the fundamental ways of communication in contrast to the idea of focussing on the transmission of the content, which can be approached through communicative immediacy or distance. The evocation of the spoken language and the oral context is therefore the point of intersection between this type of literary text and the prefabricated orality of audiovisual fiction, which dramatizes text that has been written to be spoken.

Leaving aside the fictional genres, it seems that in today’s information society the traditional distinction between orality and writing is vanishing. In the maze of channels and codes offered by the new communication technologies, the use of language is redefined. This can be seen by the impact on written language which supposedly has become more immediate and accentuates informal and colloquial elements. It can be assumed that all these changes also affect the oral use of language and the presence of the spoken language in these changed contexts with their altered communicative aims. In this regard, the spoken word is resituated as an element in between various modalities and adapted to these contexts.

The workshop on ‘The Spoken Language in a Multimodal Context. Description, Teaching, Translation’ of the International Doctoral School ‘Culture, education and communication’ will take place on 10 and 11 December 2012 at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain). Among the participants will be the eight member universities of EDI: Roma Tre (Italy), Foggia (Italy), Potsdam (Germany), Louvain la Neuve (Belgium), Politecnica delle Marche (Ancona, Italy), Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (France), Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse (France) and UPF (Barcelona, Spain). In line with its raison d’être, the EDI offers the opportunity of getting to know the other doctoral candidates and of a fruitful exchange of ideas.

The 2012 edition of the workshop will bring together about thirty doctoral candidates, who are working in the field of Linguistics, Information and Communication, Translation, Philosophy, Education, Psychology, Museology, Arts and Cinema.

The aim of the workshop is to help the doctoral candidates in presenting a clear abstract of their thesis work regarding elaboration, oral presentation and constructive debates with other participants; in a language other than their mother tongue.
Linguistic Subfield: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Language Acquisition; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Translation
LL Issue: 23.2320

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