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Linguistics Circle - Chris Hart (Lancaster) Point of View shifts in depictions/descriptions of political protests

Date: 4 December 2013 Time: 6.00 pm

Venue: Cavendish Colloquium, Faraday Building

The next talk organised by the Linguistics Circle will take place on Wednesday 4th December at 6pm (Cavendish Colloquium, Faraday Building). Please see below for details.

Chris Hart (Lancaster) Point of View shifts in depictions/descriptions of political protests.

Abstract:

In this paper I present a multimodal analysis of point of view (PoV) as it occurs in both language and image in news reports of political protests. I argue that alternative 'cardinal' points of view have different value associations. In the first half of the talk, I show how PoV in images can be manipulated to produce potential rhetorical effects. Here, three variables are identified: anchor, angle and distance. In the second half of the talk, drawing on research in Cognitive Linguistics, I go on to argue that the same PoV variables may show up in the meanings of particular grammatical constructions, including voice alternates, information sequences, metonymies and nominalisations. Such alternative constructions, it is suggested, include as part of their meaning a particular PoV, which functions ideologically and rhetorically, imposed on an image-schematic representation of the scene described. I conclude by suggesting that the categories of linguistic grammars used in CDA should perhaps be derived from grammars of visual design rather than the other way round as has traditionally been the case.

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