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Toward Multimodal Pragmatics
A Study of Illocutionary Force in Chinese Situated Discourse

ISBN 9781032170916
Published December 30, 2021 by Routledge
374 Pages 71 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Classic pragmatic theories emphasize the linguistic aspect of illocutionary acts and forces. However, as multimodality has gained importance and popularity, multimodal pragmatics has quickly become a frontier of pragmatic studies. This book adds to this new research trend by offering a perspective of situated discourse in the Chinese context.

Using the multimodal corpus approach, this study examines how speakers use multiple devices to perform illocutionary acts and express illocutionary forces. Not only does the author use qualitative analysis to study the types, characteristics, and emergence patterns of illocutionary forces, he also performs a quantitative, corpus-based analysis of the interaction of illocutionary forces, emotions, prosody, and gestures. The results show that illocutionary forces are multimodal in nature while meaning in discourse is created through an interplay of an array of modalities.

Students and scholars of pragmatics, corpus linguistics, and Chinese linguistics will benefit from this title.

Table of Contents

Foreword: multimodality and pragmatics. Preface: developing multimodal pragmatics from speech act study. 1. Some preliminary remarks. 2. Situated discourse and multimodal corpus. 3. Illocutionary force study: basic methodology and theory. 4. Discovery procedure of live illocutionary force. 5. Collecting and processing multimodal data. 6. Developing a multimodal corpus of speech acts in situated discourse. 7. Types and tokens of illocutionary force in situated discourse. 8. Dynamic interaction of illocutionary forces in situated discourse. 9. A multimodal study of illocutionary force: what has been found?. 10. Developing multimodal pragmatics.

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Lihe Huang is Associate Professor at Tongji University and Humboldt Fellow of Germany-based Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is one of the leading young scholars in multimodal study and gerontolinguistics in China. His current research interest is utilizing the multimodal method to explore the linguistic behaviour of Chinese elders (visit him at: