Multimodal Affiliation

Affiliation and Systemic Functional Linguistics - Negotiating Community - Yaegan Doran

Yaegan Doran [+-]
University of Sydney
Yaegan Doran is a Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and Research Fellow in the LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on language, semiosis, knowledge and education from the perspectives of Systemic Functional Linguistics and Legitimation Code Theory, spanning the interdisciplinary fields of educational linguistics, multimodality, and language and identity.
J.R. Martin [+-]
University of Sydney
J R Martin is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. His research interests include systemic theory, functional grammar, discourse semantics, register, genre, multimodality and critical discourse analysis, focussing on English and Tagalog - with special reference to the transdisciplinary fields of educational linguistics and social semiotics.
Michele Zappavigna [+-]
University of New South Wales
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Michele Zappavigna is a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. As a linguist, her primary focus is on exploring the language of microblogging and social media. Her research in this area investigates discursive patterns in social media texts and corpora.


This chapter offers a multimodal perspective on affiliation, considering how body language supports the proposal and negotiation of ideation-attitude couplings in the face-to-face multiparty conversation introduced in the previous chapter. Developing Martin and Zappavigna’s previous work on how embodied identities are enacted in youth justice conferencing and drawing on the previous chapter’s coupling analysis undertaken on the verbal transcript, we explore how body language can illuminate which couplings are central to the social bonding so evidently going on in the video-recorded interaction. This will show just how much work our bodies do to help us affiliate with others and emphasise the vital importance for linguistics of engaging with this embodied form of meaning.

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Doran, Yaegan; Martin, J.R. ; Zappavigna, Michele. Multimodal Affiliation. Affiliation and Systemic Functional Linguistics - Negotiating Community. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2022. ISBN 9780000000000. Date accessed: 22 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41296. Oct 2022

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