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Exploring reading in social semiotics: theory and methods

Bezemer, J; Cowan, K; (2021) Exploring reading in social semiotics: theory and methods. Education 3-13 , 49 (1) pp. 107-118. 10.1080/03004279.2020.1824706. Green open access

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to critically review how social semiotics has contributed to the study of reading and to develop an agenda for further research. We consider the theoretical and methodological resources that social semiotics has developed to account for multimodal text in the contemporary semiotic landscape, and explore how they can be used to teach critical reading skills to young people to support their participation in different social domains. We reflect on the possibilities and limitations of different analytical frameworks, highlighting barriers and possibilities for advancing social semiotic scholarship on reading and beyond. We end with a sketch of a new research agenda for social semiotics, in the light of technological change and its implications for reading.

Type: Article
Title: Exploring reading in social semiotics: theory and methods
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03004279.2020.1824706
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/03004279.2020.1824706
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Multimodality, social semiotics, reading, image, social media
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10110581
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