Some Reflections on the Emergence of Multimodal Assemblages of Meaning

Märtsin, Mariann (2012) Some Reflections on the Emergence of Multimodal Assemblages of Meaning. In Salvatore, Sergio, Gennaro, Alessandro, & Valsiner, Jaan (Eds.) Making Sense of Infinite Uniqueness: The Emerging System of Idiographic Science. Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, N.C., pp. 259-266.

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In this commentary I reflect upon the conceptualisation of human meaning-making, utilised in the two target articles, that relies heavily on speech as the main mode of semiosis and considers time only in its chronological form. Instead I argue that human existence is embodied and lived through multiple modalities, and involves not only sequential experience of time, but also experience of emergence. In order to move towards a conception of meaning-making that takes this into account, I introduce the social-semiotic theory of multimodality (Kress 2010) and discuss notions of ‘real duration’ (Bergson 1907/1998) and ‘lived time’ (Martin-Vallas 2009). I argue that dialogical (idiographic) researchers need to develop analytic and methodological tools that allow exploring the emergence of multimodal assemblages of meaning in addition to trying to avoid the monologisation of complex dynamic dialogical phenomena.

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ID Code: 82199
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: meaning-making, multimodality, time, emergence, assemblage of meaning
ISBN: 9781623960261
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Information Age Publishing
Deposited On: 04 Mar 2015 23:23
Last Modified: 16 May 2016 01:11

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