Multimodal Digital Semiotics

One of the major challenges in the development of software for multimodal analysis is the variety of media types and data which such software must handle. Software development, as with the human sciences, have tended towards compartmentalization during what Halliday referred to (1991: 39) as ‘the age of disciplines’, thus most relevant software applications tend to operate on specific types of data or provide specific tools for particular tasks. An intrinsic problem for multimodal digital software then is the computational integration of resources for the analysis of written text, image, sound, video, hypermedia and potentially any other media of communication (cf. Schmidt et. al. on software interoperability). […]



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Guest column

The Future of Wikileaks

Wikileaks provides a familiar glimpse into the future of networked knowledge. It is an effect of the slow erosion of the distinction between classified and declassified information. This erosion is the consequence of the manner […]


The Qualitative Report

Qualitative research is the rigorous attempt to produce findings or results by describing, explaining and/or interpreting qualitative patterns in terms of words, matrices, pictures, sounds, or other forms of representation; making qualitative research well-suited for […]


The Integrationalists

The International Association for the Integrational Study of Language and Communication (IAISLC) was founded in 1998. The IAISLC Executive Committee currently comprises: Stephen J. Cowley (University of Hertfordshire, University of KwaZulu), Daniel R. Davis (University […]


Semiotic Profile: Roy Harris

Roy Harris (born 1931) is Emeritus Professor of General Linguistics in the University of Oxford and the founder of a distinct approach to language and communication termed ‘integrational linguistics’ or ‘integrationism’. Prior to taking up […]


“Cool Japan” in A Coruna

“Cool Japan” is a phrase coined after “Cool Britania,” which once functioned as a trademark celebrating the popularity of British pop culture in 1990s, and was rather indiscriminately used as a sign to reinforce self-confidence […]