International Perspectives on Theories and Practices of Multimodal Analysis
From Text Linguistics to Multimodality: Mapping Concepts and Methods Across Domains
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From Text Linguistics to Multimodality:Mapping Concepts and Methods Across Domains
1 Multimodality research: Rugged terrain – clear vistas?
Multimodal text and discourse have over the last decades increasingly become a focal research area in linguistics. This trend reflects in a number of publications, which take stock of the work accomplished in multimodality studies and seek to order the field (cf. Björkvall 2012; Bateman 2014; Jewitt 2014; Klug/Stöckl 2015, forthcoming). Generally, there is much theoretical and methodological diversity, which makes for a varied research terrain that we are only beginning to chart. That is why the necessity of bridges to connect various regions on a map of multimodal research efforts as alluded to in the title of the present volume is plausible. Numerous connections have always existed between different approaches to multimodality, but it takes a conscious effort to make them clear to the wider research community, an effort that is likely to be fruitful for the field as a whole.
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