1st Edition

Social Semiotics
Key Figures, New Directions

ISBN 9780415712118
Published April 13, 2015 by Routledge
174 Pages

USD $72.95

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Book Description

M.A.K Halliday’s work has been hugely influential in linguistics and beyond since the 1960s. This is a collection of interviews with key figures in the generation of social semioticians who have taken Halliday’s concept of social semiotics and developed it further in various directions, making their own original contributions to theory and practice. This book highlights their main lines of thought and considers how they relate to both the original concept of social semiotics and to each other. Key themes include:

  • Linguistic studies, multilinguality and evolution of language;
  • Text, discourse and classroom studies;
  • Digital texts, computer communication and science teaching;
  • Multimodal text- and discourse analysis;
  • Education and literacy;
  • Media work and visual and audio modes;
  • Critical Discourse Analysis.

Featuring interviews with leading figures from linguistics, education and communication studies, a framing introduction and concluding chapter summing up commonalities and differences, connections and conflicts and key themes, this is essential reading for any scholar or student working in the area of social semiotics and systemic functional linguistics. Additional video resources are available on the Routledge website.

Featuring: Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen, Theo Van Leeuwen, James R. Martin, Jay Lemke, Gunther Kress

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

2. Christian Mathiessen

3. Jim Martin

4. Gunther Kress

5. Theo van Leeuwen

6. Jay Lemke

7. Central Themes

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"This book is a major contribution to the study of social semiotics.  It is that rare achievement – careful scholarship presented so attractively that the book is very difficult to put down." Geoff Williams, University of Sydney, Australia