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Title: Intersemiotic Texture: Analyzing cohesive devices between language and images
Authors: Liu, Y.
O'Halloran, K.L. 
Keywords: Cohesion
Image-text relations
Intersemiotic Texture
Multimodal discourse
Systemic functional theory
Issue Date: Dec-2009
Source: Liu, Y.,O'Halloran, K.L. (2009-12). Intersemiotic Texture: Analyzing cohesive devices between language and images. Social Semiotics 19 (4) : 367-388. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Recent research on multimodal discourse has explored the nature of semantic relations between different semiotic resources. Drawing on the interpretation of language as a social semiotic resource, this article proposes Intersemiotic Texture as the crucial property of coherent multimodal texts and presents a preliminary framework for cohesive devices between language and images. The framework is illustrated through examination of print media to demonstrate how the image-text relations are meta-functionally orchestrated across experiential, textual and logical meanings at the discourse stratum. A discourse-based model is suggested to analyze image-text logical relations complementary to existing grammar-based approaches. This research also develops a meta-language to describe Intersemiotic Cohesive Devices from two complementary perspectives: Intersemiotic Cohesion not only functions to integrate different modes together when multimodal discourse is conceptualized as a finished product, it also constitutes essential text-forming resources for semantic expansions across language and images during the ongoing contextualization of meanings in real time. © 2009 Taylor & Francis.
Source Title: Social Semiotics
ISSN: 10350330
DOI: 10.1080/10350330903361059
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