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multimodal representation of meaning in merriam-webster online dictionaries [ALRJournal]
ALRJournal. 2020; 4(8): 47-53 | DOI: 10.14744/alrj.2020.05945

multimodal representation of meaning in merriam-webster online dictionaries

Liliia Saimovna Sirazova1, Gulshat Rafailevna Safiullina1, Eva Leláková2
1Kazan Federal University
2University of Žilina

With the development of technology, there has been a shift from monomodality where an isolated text has been seen as the primary source of communication to the multimodality where the multiplicity of modes of representation and communication has been foregrounded. Based on the previous works, the research study aims to investigate the interaction of multiple modes in the context of Merriam-Webster online dictionaries in the meaning creation process. This study proposes an integrated framework based on logico–semantic and status relations, multimodal lexicography, and systemic functional multimodal discourse analysis for analyzing the relationships of three semiotic resources – verbal, visual, and aural – in online dictionaries. The results show that in Merriam-Webster visual dictionary such relationships between the modes as elaboration, extension, enhancement, and metonymy are widely applied and complement one another, while in Merriam-Webster online dictionary enhancement would be the main means of presenting information besides the semantic features.

Keywords: multimodality, multimodal discourse analysis, online dictionaries, modes, multimodal lexicography, meaning

Liliia Saimovna Sirazova, Gulshat Rafailevna Safiullina, Eva Leláková. multimodal representation of meaning in merriam-webster online dictionaries. ALRJournal. 2020; 4(8): 47-53

Corresponding Author: Liliia Saimovna Sirazova, Russia
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