Linguistics and the Study of Comics

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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? These questions and many more are answered in this new collection on linguistics and comics, which explores language and how the verbal and the visual interact.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Image Schemas and Conceptual Metaphor in Action Comics
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2 Creating Humor in Gary Larsons Far Side Cartoons Using Interpersonal and Textual Metafunctions
37
A Crosscultural Analysis
59
The Past and Future of a Field
92
Verbalizing the Unspeakable in Turkish Political Cartoons
119
6 Plurilingualism in Francophone Comics
142
Diachronic Language Variation in Flemish Comics
163
8 Linguistic Codes and Character Identity in Afro Samurai
183
Language Identity and Discourse in Lalo Alcarazs La Cucaracha
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10 The Use of English in the SwedishLanguage Comic Strip Rocky
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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...
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Conclusion
291
Index of Language Varieties
294
Subject Index
296
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ELIEZER BEN-RAFAEL Professor Emeritus in Sociology at the Tel-Aviv University, Israel MIRIAM BEN-RAFAEL has taught French for many years and is an independent researcher in sociolinguistics CARLA BREIDENBACH Assistant Professor of Spanish at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, USA NEIL COHN Scholar of the cognition underlying the visual language of comics KRISTY BEERS FAGERSTEN Assistant Professor of English Linguistics at Sodertorns hogskola, Sweden JILL HALLETT Graduate student in linguistics at the University of Illinois, USA RICHARD W. HALLETT Coordinator of the Linguistics Program at Northeastern Illinois University, USA GERT MEESTERS Professor of Linguisticsat the University of Liege, Belgium ELISABETH POTSCH currently works as a library specialist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA THECLA SCHIPHORST Media Artist/Designer and Faculty Member in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada RICHARD 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, Thailand VERONIKA 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, Switzerland ROBERT F. WILLIAMS Associate Professor of Education at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, USA