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A Multimodal Analysis of Picture Books for Children
A Systemic Functional Approach
Arsenio Jesús Moya Guijarro

Series: Discussions in Functional Approaches to Language

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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.

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

ISBN-13 (Hardback)9781908049773
Price (Hardback)£70.00/$100.00
ISBN-13 (Paperback)9781908049780
Price (Paperback)£24.99/$37.95
Publication DateOctober 2014
Size234 x 156mm
Illustrations21 figures

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