A multimodal analysis of picture books for children. A systemic-functional approach

A multimodal analysis of picture books for children. A systemic-functional approach 2016-11-08T13:38:30+00:00

Biography

Arsenio Jesús Moya Guijarro is a Senior Lecturer at the Dept. of English Language and Linguistics, Faculty of Education, University of Castilla-La Mancha, Cuenca, Spain. He does research in discourse and text analysis and has published several articles on thematicity, topicality and multimodality in international journals such as Word, Text, Functions of Language, Journal of Pragmatics, Text and Talk and Atlantis. Among other books, he is co-editor with Eija Ventola of The World Told and The World Shown: Multisemiotic Issues (2009, Palgrave Macmillan). His research interests are also in Children’s Literature and Applied Linguistics. Within this framework he has edited The Teaching and Learning of Foreign Languages within the European Framework (2006, University of Castilla-La Mancha).

Publisher: Equinox Books – Series: Discussions in Functional Approaches to Language;
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Description
A Multimodal Analysis of Picture Books for Children goes beyond the relation between the representation of reality and language alone; instead, it aims to analyze the intersemiosis between verbal and visual elements in a sample of nine picture books. The chapters included in this book take the most relevant systemic-functional and visual social semiotic theories a step further from previous studies and apply them to the genre of children’s tales. Within the frameworks of Halliday’s Systemic Functional Linguistics and Kress and van Leeuwen’s Visual Social Semiotics, the aim is to identify the verbal and visual strategies available to the writer and illustrator (i) to convey representational meanings, (ii) to set up interpersonal relationships within the tale itself, as well as external relationships between writer and reader and, finally, (iii) to create coherent tales. This is achieved by analyzing and identifying the ideational, interpersonal and textual choices available to the writer to make meaning in picture books, and comparing them with the corresponding representational, interactive and compositional choices made by the illustrator. The analysis reveals how the verbal and visual modalities contribute to each other’s meaning and makes the potential of combining verbal and non-verbal language in picture books evident.

Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction. A multimodal analysis of picture books
Chapter 2. Systemic Functional Grammar and Visual Social Semiotics
Chapter 3. Representational meaning: characters, narrative events and settings
Chapter 4. The writer/ illustrator and the child-viewer’s interaction
Chapter 5. Textual / compositional meaning: verbal and visual organization
Chapter 6. Intermodal relations in the sample texts at representational, interpersonal and textual levels
Chapter 7. The age factor and its influence on the interplay of verbal and visual modalities in the sample texts.
Chapter 8. Conclusions

Specifications
ISBN-13 (Hardback) 9781908049773
Price (Hardback) £60.00/$90.00
ISBN-13 (Paperback) 9781908049780
Price (Paperback) £19.99/$35.00
Publication Date March 2014
Pages: 224
Size: 234 x 156mm
Illustrations: 32 figures
Readership: scholars
Book Status: Not yet published

Other publications related to multimodality and picture books:
Moya, A. Jesús. 2011. Engaging Readers through Language and Pictures. A Case Study (Gorilla by A. Browne).    Journal of Pragmatics43 (12): 2981-2991.

Moya, A. Jesús and  José María González Lanza. 2011. A Multisemiotic and Systemic-Functional Analysis of a Children’s Picture Book.  Accepted for publication in the Proceeding of the 27th International AESLA Conference. University of Salamanca, Spain.

Moya, A. Jesús. 2011. A Bi-modal and Systemic Functional Study of Dear Zoo within the Textual Metafunction.  Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses (RCEI), 62: 123-138.

Moya, A. Jesús, 2010. A Multimodal Analysis of THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT  within the Interpersonal Metafunction.ATLANTIS.  Journal of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies. 32.1: 123-140

Moya, A. Jesús, J. González and Mª. J. Pinar. 2010. The Representation of Reality in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. From Language to Multisemiotics. In Rosario Caballero and María Jesús Pinar (Eds.): Ways and Modes of Human Communication.Proceedings of the 27th International AESLA Conference, pp. 831-837. Cuenca: Servicio de Publicaciones de la UCLM.

Moya, A. Jesús and Jesús Ángel Ávila. 2009.  Thematic progression of children’s stories as related to different stages of cognitive development. In Text & Talk. An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse and Communication Studies, 29 (6): 755-774.

Ventola, Eija and A. Jesús Moya (Eds.). 2009. The World Told and the World Shown: Multisemiotic Issues. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Moya, A. Jesús and Mª J. Pinar. 2009. On Interaction of Image and Verbal Text in a Picture Book. A Multimodal and Systemic Functional Study. In E. Ventola and J. Moya (Eds.) The World Told and the World Shown: Multisemiotic Issues, pp. 107-123. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Moya, A. Jesús and Mª Jesús Pinar. 2008.  Compositional, Interpersonal and Representational Meanings in a Children’s Narrative. A Multimodal Discourse Analysis. Journal of Pragmatics 40 (9): 1601-1619.