7. Topics in Multimodality
This chapter presents short contributions on topics in multimodality that seem important to me and that have been influenced by Michael Halliday’s thinking about language, or in which his thinking is a source of insight. I have organised it as a composite chapter, mainly in order to give voice directly to the scholars whose work I would have reviewed, had I followed the more traditional format of a survey chapter. I have provided short contributions of my own in the form of topic introductions, where I discuss the topics more generally and there I draw on my own work. The crucial importance of Halliday’s thinking to systemic and social semiotic approaches to multimodality I think shines clearly throughout the various contributions. The scholars whose contributions appear below are those who responded to my invitation, for which I am extremely grateful.