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LINGUIST List 24.5267

Tue Dec 17 2013

Books: The Language of War Monuments: Machin, Abousnnouga

Editor for this issue: Sara Couture <saralinguistlist.org>

Date: 16-Dec-2013
From: Charlotte Rose <charlotte.rosebloomsbury.com>
Subject: The Language of War Monuments: Machin, Abousnnouga
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Title: The Language of War Monuments
Series Title: Bloomsbury Advances in Semiotics
Published: 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
                http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/

Book URL: http://bloomsbury.com/uk/the-language-of-war-monuments-9781623563332/

Author: David Machin
Author: Gill Abousnnouga
Hardback: ISBN: 9781623563332 Pages: 248 Price: U.K. £ 75.00
Abstract:

This book analyses war monuments by developing a multimodal social-semiotic approach to understand how they communicate as three-dimensional objects. The book provides a practical tool-kit approach to how critical multimodal social semiotics should be done through visual, textual and material analysis. It ties this material analysis into the social and political contexts of production. Using examples across the 20th and 21st century the book's chapters offer a way of analysing the way that monument designers have used specific semiotic choices in terms of things like iconography, objects, shape, form, angularity, height, materials and surface realisation to place representations of war in public places across Britain.

This social-semiotic approach to the study of war monuments serves three innovative purposes. First, it provides a contribution to the work on the ideological representations of war in Media and Cultural Studies and in Critical Discourse Analysis applied specifically to more banal realisations of discourse. Second, it responds to calls by historians for innovative ways to study war commemoration by providing an approach that offers both specific analysis of the objects and attends to matters of design. Thirdly, following in the relatively recent tradition of multimodal analysis, the arguments draw on the ideas of Kress and van Leeuwen (1996, 2001), adapting and extending their theories and models to the analysis of British commemorative war monuments, in order to develop a multimodal framework for the analysis of three dimensional objects.


Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            History of Linguistics
                            Semiotics
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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