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A Multimodal Analysis of Picture Books for Children


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Chapter 1. Introduction 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. Creating Textuality and Compositional Meaning Chapter 6. Processing Reality: The Synergy between Image and Text at Representational Level Chapter 7. Interpersonal Verbal and Visual Interdependence in the Sample Texts Chapter 8. The Interplay of Images and Words to Create Textuality Chapter 9. Conclusions

About the Author

Arsenio Jesus 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).


"To sum up, A Multimodal Analysis of Picture Books for Children: A Systemic Functional Approach is successful in that it not only identifies the verbal and visual choices available to the writers and illustrators of the picture books under discussion, but also attaches great importance to the influence the age factor exerts upon the representation of reality, the generation of interaction, and the creation of textuality. [...] It is not only a must-read for students, lecturers and researchers who are working in the field of multimodal discourse analysis, but also highly recommended for those interested in picture books." --Peipei Jia, Functions of Language 24:2

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