By Gabriela Pedranti As we do (almost) every year, we went to Tallinn for the last Semiofest edition (June 1st to June 4th, 2016). Having attended four out of five events (and even organising it […]

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Semiotic Profile: Theo van Leeuwen

Van Leeuwen, Theo Theo van Leeuwen (b. 1947) is a social semiotician widely recognized as a co-founder, alongside Gunther Kress, of multimodality – an area of research concerned with the meaning-making potential and use of […]

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Halliday and Multimodal Semiotics

Halliday’s (1978) social semiotic theory provides the basis for the study of semiotic resources other than language (e.g. images, architecture, music, mathematical symbolism, gesture, clothing etc) and, significantly, the interaction of semiotic resources in a […]

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A Semiotic Profile: Lubomír Doležel

Lubomír Doležel (1922) is Emeritus Professor of Comparative literature at the University of Toronto. In his theoretical approach to literary artworks he combines the structuralist heritage of the Prague School with semiotics, logics, linguistics, narratology […]

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Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis

Halliday’s work has also contributed many of its analytical tools for the kind of linguistic analysis carried out in Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA). CDA is probably the most comprehensive attempt to develop a theory of […]

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The Collected Works of M. A. K. Halliday

When I joined Continuum (which is now part of the Bloomsbury Academic Group) back in 2007, the publishing of Professor Michael Halliday’s “Collected Works” was in full motion. It had a staggered release.  The first […]

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A Semiotic Profile: Donald Preziosi

Donald Preziosi is Emeritus Professor of Art History at the University of California – Los Angeles and pioneer in visual semiotics in the United States and influential theoretician of art history and museology. His Rethinking Art […]


Semiotic Profile: Judith Lynne Hanna

Visual and kinesthetic stimuli led Dr. Judith Lynne Hanna (Columbia University, PhD 1976) to begin an almost five decade interdisciplinary study on the semiotics of nonverbal communication.  At social dances in Los Angeles, she noticed […]


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 […]