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Multimodality research

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Research in multimodality uses different theoretical approaches and methodologies for understanding meaning that is made through the combined use of semiotic resources.

Language (speech, writing or sign-language) rarely comes isolated in communicative artefacts and events; rather, it makes meaning together with resources such as gesture, face expression, body movement and proxemics, (still and moving) image, objects, sound and music, colour, layout, typography and the built environment.

One area of research in multimodality that is still little explored, and on which we work on at Leeds, is on how these combined resources are used in different cultures and among people with different cultural backgrounds, as well as how this affects translation and interpreting studies and practices. We welcome proposals that approach multimodal meaning-making in a cross-cultural comparative perspective, in intercultural contexts, and in relation to translation and interpreting (including audio-visual translation).

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