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Journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies / Revue de l'Association Internationale de Sémiotique

Editor-in-Chief: Danesi, Marcel

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Volume 2007, Issue 167


Towards a grande paradigmatique of film: Christian Metz reloaded

John A Bateman
Published Online: 2007-12-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/SEM.2007.070


This paper synthesizes and extends all previous accounts of filmic montage made within the broadly Metzian semiotic tradition in order to demonstrate that the semiotics of film and of verbal language share major features of their organization. Drawing on recent advances in formal and functional linguistic discourse semantics, the paper provides an analysis scheme that supports a film-as-discourse perspective along both the syntagmatic and paradigmatic axes of semiotic description. Previous approaches are shown to have been restricted to views of compositional semantics only appropriate for syntax. This has compromised their effectiveness for providing an appropriate empirical basis for investigating film.

Keywords: film; linguistic discourse semantics; film semiotics; relation between film and language; language of film; montage

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John A Bateman

His research interests include multimodal functional linguistics, ontology, natural language generation, and multilingual linguistic descriptions. His recent publications include ‘Realist linguistics and dynamic ontology’ (2004); ‘The place of language within a foundational ontology’ (2004); ‘Multimodality and empiricism: preparing for a corpus-based approach to the study of multimodal meaning-making’ (with J. L. Delin and R. Henschel, 2004); and ‘Mapping the multimodal genres of traditional and electronic newspapers’ (with J. L. Delin and R. Henschel, 2006).

Published Online: 2007-12-04

Published in Print: 2007-11-20

Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2007, Issue 167, Pages 13–64, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/SEM.2007.070.

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