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Title: Analysing multimodality in an interactive digital environment: Software as a meta-semiotic tool
Authors: Smith, B.A. 
Tan, S.
Podlasov, A. 
O'Halloran, K.L.
Keywords: Interactive digital software
Multimodal semiotics
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Citation: Smith, B.A., Tan, S., Podlasov, A., O'Halloran, K.L. (2011-06). Analysing multimodality in an interactive digital environment: Software as a meta-semiotic tool. Social Semiotics 21 (3) : 359-380. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The present paper discusses issues arising from the use of an interactive digital software tool to analyse multimodal communication. The focus is on the ways in which such technical resources and associated techniques enable the analyst of social semiosis to apply different types of analysis, and provide the site for critical reflection upon the results of such analyses. The aim is to present an argument for the use of an interactive digital software application as a meta-semiotic tool. Three major challenges for scholars engaged inmultimodal social semiotics are addressed in pursuing this aim, specifically with reference to the development of digital interactive analytical resources. Firstly, scholars are faced with the task of not only accounting for an increasing range of semiotic resources, but also for the way different semiotic phenomena interact to produce meaning. Secondly, the multimodal semiotician has a broad range of analytical approaches potentially relevant to any task to draw upon. Thirdly, the nature of contemporary media forms offer challenges themselves in terms of access, analysis and presentation of analysis. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.
Source Title: Social Semiotics
ISSN: 10350330
DOI: 10.1080/10350330.2011.564386
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