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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Multimodality (LASC11178)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe course offers a general survey on the topic of multimodality. It explores how multimodality is being-tackled across different branches of linguistics, such as sign language linguistics, psycholinguistics, cognitive linguistics, language evolution, discourse analysis and sociolinguistics. By exploring this topic, the students will also develop critical academic literacy in different subfields of linguistics.
Course description It is truth universally acknowledged that linguistics is the scientific study of language. However, there is a growing interest in multimodal language phenomena such as sign languages as well as embodied and visual modes of communication such as gestures and emojis! The study of multimodality (or multimodal language) is pushing a new wave of methodological and theoretical innovations in linguistics. This course offers an introduction to multimodality, exploring how it is being tackled in different branches of linguistics.

The course surveys a broad range of topics in multimodality research, including sign languages, co-speech gestures, embodiment, comics, emojis, photography and music.

By engaging with the topic of multimodality, the student will also have the opportunity to develop critical academic literacy skills and explore linguistic software such as Elan.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 9, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 80 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Multimodal Report (Group) - 50%«br /»
Critical Literature Review (Group) - 50%
Feedback In class presentation of the group multimodal report
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain core concepts in multimodality
  2. Discuss themes and trends in multimodality research
  3. Analyse themes and trends on a given linguistic topic
  4. Present information in multimodal formats for both a general and a specialist audience.
Reading List
Cohn, N. (2013).¿The Visual Language of Comics: Introduction to the Structure and Cognition of Sequential Images. Bloomsbury
Goodwin, C. (2018).¿Co-operative action. Cambridge University Press.
Jewitt, C., Bezemer, J., & O'Halloran, K. (2016).¿Introducing multimodality. Routledge.
Kress, G., & Van Leeuwen, T. (2020).¿Reading images: The grammar of visual design. Routledge.
Kendon, A. (2004).¿Gesture: Visible action as utterance. Cambridge University Press.
McNeill, D. (2008). Gesture and Thought. University of Chicago press.
Johnston, T., & Schembri, A. (2007).¿Australian Sign Language (Auslan): An introduction to sign language linguistics. Cambridge University Press.
Kusters, A., Green, M., Moriarty, E., & Snoddon, K. (Eds.). (2020).¿Sign language ideologies in practice¿(Vol. 12). Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Enquiry and lifelong learning
Outlook and engagement
Research and enquiry
Personal and intellectual autonomy
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Sumin Zhao
Tel: (0131 6)51 5513
Course secretaryMs Sasha Wood
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