Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

New from Cambridge University Press!


Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

Academic Paper

Title: Interfaces and Interactions: A Study in Bimodality
Paper URL:
Author: Neil Cohn
Email: click here TO access email
Institution: Tufts University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science
Abstract: Recently, a theory has formed that views conceptually generated images in sequence as a language - a purely visual language - which emerges socially in such literary cultures as "comics." However, more often than not, this form appears in conjunction with that of textual language. In a linguistic light, this can be interpreted as two separate modal structures that intertwine semantically through their mutual interfacing. This piece aims to delineate these interfaces between visual and textual language, and then delve into the varying ways in which separate modalities vie for semantic dominance of the overall communicative act. This involves the examination of how a modality, its syntactic and semantic structures emerge in language usage. Through the paper, a base understanding and vocabulary for interpretation of how text and image interact will be offered and explored.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Add a new paper
Return to Academic Papers main page
Return to Directory of Linguists main page