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Symposium on Multimodal Approaches to Communication, 27 May 2009, University of Verona, Italy - Multimodality













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 NEW: The videos of the Symposium are now online (click on the name to watch the video):




GUNTHER KRESS: Modes as technologies of transcription: Some comments on contemporary forms of composition

CAREY JEWITT: Different approaches to multimodality”



- Session: Dynamic images

Deirdre Kantz: “A multimodal diachronic study of public information films: Applications in the classroom”

Ilaria Moschini: Music & Series: The verbalizing role of soundtracks in contemporary TV series”

- Session: Web

Elisabetta Adami: “Video-interaction on YouTube: Contemporary changes in semiosis and communication”

Ivana Marenzi: “Web 2 interaction and educational genres: Social, interactional, technological and multimodal aspects”

- Session: Face-to-face interaction

Anthony Baldry & Paul Thibault: “Multimodal turn-taking”

Martin Solly: “‘Giving the graduates an earful’: Identity and interaction in commencement speeches”

Francesca Coccetta: “Bringing a multimodal perspective to the investigation of spoken corpora”

- Session: Specific discourses

Giuliana Garzone: “Exploiting the potential of the web-based environment for political purposes: The case of U.S. public diplomacy”

Sandra Campagna & Cecilia Boggio: “Multimodality in Economic discourse”



Ilaria Fornasini: Illuminated multimodality: Communicative dynamics in later medieval manuscripts”

Rosalba Rizzo: Multimodal and intercultural analysis of today’s online newspapers”

Maria Grazia Sindoni: Mode switching: How oral and written modes alternate in videochats”



Symposium announcement


Social Semiotics (Hodge and Kress, 1988) has been refining its analytic tools for more than a decade, starting from Visual Grammar (Kress and van Leeuwen, 1996, 2006) and founding Multimodal Discourse Analysis (Kress and van Leeuwen, 2001). Since then, also in Italian academic contexts, several researchers have been working alongside this agenda and have produced a number of valuable studies, in some cases developing original frameworks (cf. for example Baldry and Thibault, 2006).


Social semiotics and multimodal analysis refer explicitly to Hallidayan linguistics, by transforming its tools and interpretative framework so as to give account of all semiotic modes and practices. In the Italian context, researchers on multimodality generally work within the area of Linguistic Studies and, specifically, of Studies on English Language and Linguistics. Yet not only are linguistic categories and tools hardly suitable for the analysis of multimodal texts; even more, a multimodal approach to texts confers new perspectives to the interpretation of language and communication.


Stemming from these considerations, the Symposium on ‘Multimodal Approaches to Communication’ (Verona, 27 May 2009) aims at gathering Italian researchers in the field to discuss their works with reference to how multimodal analysis sheds new light onto linguistic studies and studies on communication. The Programme will host contributions dealing with a wide range of topics.


The Symposium presents itself as an opportunity for opening a discussion onto new possibilities and directions for interpreting human communication.


Keynote speakers:


-          Gunther Kress

(Centre for Multimodal Research, Institute of Education, University of London)

-          Carey Jewitt

(Centre for Multimodal Research, London Knowledge Lab)


Scientific committee:


Elisabetta Adami (University of Verona)

Roberta Facchinetti (University of Verona)

Cesare Gagliardi (University of Verona)

Gunther Kress (Centre for Multimodal Research, Institute of Education, University of London)

Carey Jewitt (Centre for Multimodal Research, London Knowledge Lab)



The University of Verona will also host the Symposium on “American English(es): linguistic and socio-cultural perspectives” on May 26th, 2009. For further information, please visit the Symposium website.






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