22nd Apr 2015 4:30pm-6:00pm
E513, Checkland Building, Falmer Campus
Language and Linguistics lectures
Kindly also note that immediately after this talk (and next door in E512) there will be a related talk as part of the Social Movement Network by Dr Chris Cocking of University of Brighton entitled Collective Resilience and Social Support in the Face of Adversity - Evidence from Social Psychology. Attendees will be expected to have read the paper in question.
The paper is available from Dr Aidan Mcgarry <A.Mcgarry@brighton.ac.uk>
Dr Hart's abstract:
In this talk I will outline a grammar for the way political protests are reported by the national press. I will start with a multimodal analysis of visual representations drawing on Kress and van Leeuwen’s (2006) grammar of visual design as well as an embodied approach to visual semiotics. I will show how different visual configurations, and specifically spatial point of view, confer alternative evaluations on the actors involved. I will then turn to language and argue, from the perspective of simulation semantics, that linguistic constructions encode multimodal mental representations. The meanings invoked by language use can therefore be approached within the same analytical framework as images. I will show how alternative patterns in linguistic representation found across the press similarly present alternative spatial points of view and therefore confer alternative evaluations. Illustrative data will be taken from media discourse surrounding the 2009 G20 and 2010 Student Fee protests.
Kress, G. and T. van Leeuwen (2006) Reading Images: the Grammar of Visual Design. Abingdon: Routledge
All welcome. No pre-booking required.