Tag Archives: Multimodality

A multimodal Visual Analysis (Published)

This paper is concerned with the multimodal visual analysis of selected second language (l2) English textbooks written by Nigerian authors for the teaching of English phonemes in secondary schools. The paper compared the multimodal visual resources used by the various authors for the teaching of English phonemes, to know if they make use of similar semiotic mode; how the audio-visual mode was used effectively, and the implication of English textbooks without  audio-visual mode. The data for this paper were extracted from the selected textbooks and analysed using Halliday’s (1976) three metafunctions of language, which was developed in Kress and Van Leeuwen’s (1996; 2006) Grammar of Visual Design (GVD). Findings showed that the authors of the selected textbooks used different multimodal resources such as images, verbal texts and instructions to discuss the selected phonemes. We found out that while NCE and MBE used images to support the verbal texts in order for learners to understand the effective ways of learning English phonemes, NOSEC and EFEL did not make use of images, they only gave verbal texts and created rooms for teachers to guide the learners. In sum, none of the selected textbooks used audio-visual resources in form of CD-ROMs to aid learners’ understanding.

Keywords: Audio Visual, Multimodality, metafunction, phonemes, textbooks

Towards A Critical Discourse Analysis and Multimodal Analysis of Mubarak’s And Algaddafi’s Speeches (Published)

This article is dedicated to the analyse the most salient linguistic and extra-linguistic features of Algaddafi’s and Mubarak’s speeches during the Arab Spring. It will start with an overview of the Arab Spring events to provide a context within which the speeches were delivered. Followed by the suggested analytical framework to analyse the data, which combines Fairclough’s CDA theory to analyse the linguistic aspects of the texts such as the use of pronouns, vocabulary and repetition. This is subsequently followed by Kress’s multimodality approach, which draws on the importance of analysing the extra-linguistic features of the speeches because meaning can be established through other modes, like the image and body language. Lastly, this article emphasises the significance role linguists and speakers play to influence the audience by combining linguistic and extra-linguistic tools to persuade them with their goals.

Keywords: Arab Spring, CDA, Ideology, Multimodality, Political Speeches, body language