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Multimodal Discourse Analysis

Multimodal Discourse Analysis

Discourse is multimodal if, in the words of Gunther Kress and Theo van Leeuwen (1996: 183), ‘its meaning is realized through more than one semiotic code’. In that case, Kress and van Leeuwen go on,

the question arises whether the products of the various codes should be analysed separately or in an integrated way; whether the meanings of the whole should be treated as the sum of the meanings of the parts, or whether the parts should be looked on as interacting with and affecting one another.

In this chapter, we consider what is involved in analysing multimodal discourse ‘in an integrated way’, paying attention both to the workings of different semiotic systems and to the interactions between them.

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