9780567175151

Multimodality and Active Listenership A Corpus Approach

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  • ISBN13:

    9780567175151

  • ISBN10:

    0567175154

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-05-23
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

Current corpora are invaluable resources for generating accurate and objective analyses of patterns of language use. However, spoken corpora are effectively mono-modal, presenting data in the same physical medium - text. The reality of a discourse situation is lost in its representation as text. Using multimodal data sets when conducting corpus-based pragmatic analyses is one solution. This book looks at multimodal corpora in some depth, using backchanneling as the conversational feature to be analysed. It provides a bottom-up investigation of the issues and challenges faced at every stage of multimodal corpus construction and analysis, as well as providing an in-depth linguistic analysis of a cross section of multimodal corpus data. The collaborative and co-operative nature of backchannels is highlighted in this book and an adapted pragmatic-functional linguistic coding matrix for the characterisation of backchanneling phenomena is presented. Dawn Knight also looks at possible directions in the construction and use of multimodal corpus linguistics.

Author Biography

Dawn Knight is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics (CRAL), University of Nottingham, UK.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements \ Acronyms \ List of tables \ List of figures \ 1. Introduction \ 2. Corpora beyond text - developing multimodal corpora \ 3. Language and gesture \ 4. Backchannels \ 5. Analysing backchanneling head nods \ 6. A coding matrix for backchanneling phenomena \ 7. Semi-automated head nod tracking \ 8. Concluding remarks \ Glossary \ References \ Index

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