Multimodality and systemic functional analysis

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Multimodality is the study of how multiple communication modes combine to make meaning (e.g., language, gesture, and proxemics; language, image, and layout). But multi-modality is not a discipline or a theory; it is "a field of application" (Jewitt, 2009, p. 2) which transcends and draws on different disciplines and theories. The recognition that all communication is multimodal has profound implications for applied linguistics, and questions long-standing assumptions about the nature of language, and how it should be learned, taught, researched, and theorized.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of applied linguistics
EditorsCarol A Chapelle
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherBlackwell Publishing
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781405198431
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • discourse analysis
  • multimodality
  • systemic functional linguistics

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    Knox, J. S. (2013). Multimodality and systemic functional analysis. In C. A. Chapelle (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of applied linguistics (pp. 1-7). United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishing.