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LINGUIST List 23.5025

Mon Dec 03 2012

Books: Semiotic Margins: Dreyfus, Hood, Stenglin (Eds)

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 30-Nov-2012
From: Ellena Moriarty <Ellena.moriartybloomsbury.com>
Subject: Semiotic Margins: Dreyfus, Hood, Stenglin (Eds)
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Title: Semiotic Margins
Subtitle: Meaning in Multimodalities
Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Linguistics (formerly Continuum Linguistics)

Book URL: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/semiotic-margins-9781441192875/

Editor: Shoshana Dreyfus
Editor: Susan Hood
Editor: Maree Stenglin

Paperback: ISBN: 1441192875 9781441192875 Pages: 288 Price: U.K. £ 29.99


Semiotic Margins analyses the meaning making potential of not only language,
but modalities like laughter, music, colour, and architectural spaces. By
examining resources often positioned on the side-line of mainstream semiotic
accounts, this study raises the question of what counts as part of language
and communication and why.

Beginning with the more established nonverbal resources of communication, four
major themes of modalities of meaning are covered. The investigation of music
and space looks at how semiotic systems in classical music interact. Using
children's books, the relationship between images and verbal meaning is
then explored, presenting implications for student literacy as well as a
methodology for supporting children excluded from mainstream literary
practices. Finally new approaches to transcribing representations in
screen-based technologies are presented through an examination of television

Semiotic Margins will appeal to linguists and semioticians wishing to pursue
research in systemic functional linguistics and multimodal discourse analysis.

Contents: Introduction Shoshana Dreyfus, Susan Hood, Maree Stenglin \ Part I
Beyond Paralinguistics \ 1. The interpersonal semiotics of having a laugh
Naomi Knight \ 2. Body language in face-to-face teaching: A focus on textual
and interpersonal meaning Susan Hood \ 3. Grappling with a non-speech
language: Describing and theorizing the nonverbal multimodal communication of
a child with an intellectual disability Shoshana Dreyfus \ Part II: Evolving
accounts of space and music \ 4. Spaced Out: An evolving cartography of a
visceral semiotic Maree Stenglin \ 5. Dealing with musical meaning: Towards
an embodied model of music Ed MacDonald \ Part III: Intermodality between the
visual, verbal and aural \ 6. Organizing visual meaning: FRAMING and BALANCE
in picture book images Clare Painter, J.R. Martin, Len Unsworth \ 7.
Integrating visual and verbal meaning in multimodal text comprehension:
Towards a model of inter-modal relations Eveline Chan \ 8. Rhythm and
multimodal semiosis Theo van Leeuwen\ 9. Meaning beyond the margins: Learning
to interact with books David Rose\ Part IV:Imaging representations of meaning\
10. Visualizing logogenesis: Preserving the dynamics of meaning Michele
Zappavigna\ 11. Visualizing Multimodal Patterning David Caldwell & Michele
Zappavigna\ Conclusion: Multimodal semiotics: Theoretical challenges J.R.
Martin \ Index

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Systemic Functional Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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