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Title: Modeling Appraisal in Film: A Social Semiotic Approach
Keywords: appraisal, film, multimodal, social semiotic, character emotion, character attribute
Issue Date: 15-Mar-2012
Source: FENG DEZHENG (2012-03-15). Modeling Appraisal in Film: A Social Semiotic Approach. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The thesis adopts a systemic functional (social semiotic) approach to systematically model the complex semiotic resources and the process of meaning making in film. Working with the framework of Appraisal theory, the study investigates the multimodal construction and discursive patterns of Character Emotion, Character Judgment and Character Attribute in a stratified semiotic model. First, adopting the cognitive position that the filmic representation of emotive meaning exploits the folk psychology of emotion structure, the multi-semiotic construction of emotion is modeled drawing upon cognitive appraisal theories of the structure of emotions. Second, the construction of character attributes is modeled based on the metafunctional framework. Third, a metafunctional framework is proposed to model the multi-dimensional construction of the logogenetic development of film narrative. To summarize, the research contributes to the fast growing field of multimodal discourse analysis in terms of domain expansion and theory development respectively.
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