Linguistics and the Study of Comics

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Frank Bramlett
Palgrave Macmillan, May 9, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 310 pages
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Do Irish superheroes actually sound Irish? Why are Gary Larson's Far Side cartoons funny? How do political cartoonists in India, Turkey, and the US get their point across? What is the impact of English on comics written in other languages?
These questions and many more are answered in this volume, which brings together the two fields of comics research and linguistics to produce groundbreaking scholarship. With an international cast of contributors, the book offers novel insights into the role of language in comics, graphic novels, and single-panel cartoons, analyzing the intersections between the visual and the verbal. Contributions examine the relationship between cognitive linguistics and visual elements as well as interrogate the controversial claim about the status of comics as a language. The book argues that comics tell us a great deal about the sociocultural realities of language, exploring what code switching, language contact, dialect, and linguistic variation can tell us about identity – from the imagined and stereotyped to the political and real.

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1 Image Schemas and Conceptual Metaphor in Action Comics
2 Creating Humor in Gary Larsons Far Side Cartoons Using Interpersonal and Textual Metafunctions
A Crosscultural Analysis
The Past and Future of a Field
Verbalizing the Unspeakable in Turkish Political Cartoons
6 Plurilingualism in Francophone Comics
Diachronic Language Variation in Flemish Comics
8 Linguistic Codes and Character Identity in Afro Samurai
Language Identity and Discourse in Lalo Alcarazs La Cucaracha
10 The Use of English in the SwedishLanguage Comic Strip Rocky
11 Ah laddie did ye really think Id let a foine broth of a boy such as yerself get splattered? Representations of Irish English Speech in the Marvel Uni...
Index of Language Varieties
Subject Index

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ELIEZER BEN-RAFAEL Professor Emeritus in Sociology at the Tel-Aviv University, IsraelMIRIAM BEN-RAFAEL has taught French for many years and is an independent researcher in sociolinguisticsCARLA BREIDENBACH Assistant Professor of Spanish at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, USANEIL COHN Scholar of the cognition underlying the visual language of comicsKRISTY BEERS F GERSTEN Assistant Professor of English Linguistics at S dert rns h gskola, SwedenJILL HALLETT Graduate student in linguistics at the University of Illinois, USARICHARD W. HALLETT Coordinator of the Linguistics Program at Northeastern Illinois University, USAGERT MEESTERS Professor of Linguisticsat the University of Liege, BelgiumELISABETH POTSCH currently works as a library specialist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USATHECLA SCHIPHORST Media Artist/Designer and Faculty Member in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, CanadaRICHARD WATSON TODD Associate Professor and Head of the Centre for Research and Services in the School of Liberal Arts at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, ThailandVERONIKA TZANKOVA PhD student at the Communication & Culture program at York University in Toronto, Canada.SHANE WALSHE Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Zurich, SwitzerlandROBERT F. WILLIAMS Associate Professor of Education at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, USA