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

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Volume 2013, Issue 196


The articulate music of language in The King's Speech

Ann Kibbey
Published Online: 2013-08-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2013-0072


The soundtrack of The King's Speech plays a vital role in the semiotic structure of the film and reflects Victoria Welby's semiotic theory about language as articulate music. The innovative use of sound in the film allows the audience a space of its own. Instead of overpowering the audience with spectacle, the film invites the audience to use the soundtrack of the film to gain a conscious understanding of the visual dimension without being swept away by it.

Keywords: King's Speech; soundtrack; stuttering; elocution; film music

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Ann Kibbey

Ann Kibbey (b. 1948) is an associate professor at the University of Colorado 〈 〉. Her research interests include transnational film, theory of the image, and leftist thought. Her publications include Theory of the image: Capitalism, contemporary film, and women (2005); and The interpretation of material shapes in Puritanism: A study of rhetoric, prejudice and violence (2nd edn., 2009).

Published Online: 2013-08-23

Published in Print: 2013-08-15

Citation Information: Semiotica, Volume 2013, Issue 196, Pages 473–488, ISSN (Online) 1613-3692, ISSN (Print) 0037-1998, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sem-2013-0072.

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