Cohesion in Film: Tracking Film Elements by Chiao-I Tseng (auth.)

By Chiao-I Tseng (auth.)

This ebook provides a brand new method of movie research. It offers tools for analysing that means making in movie via monitoring concrete info of movie photographs comparable to characters, items, settings and personality motion. It additionally represents new floor for investigating empirical matters in film.

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Forceville, 2006, p362). 2 For the present task of identity tracking in film, the modes taken into account are the following, to which viewers are known particularly to pay attention in the process of narrative comprehension (Dudley Andrew, 1976, pp216–9): • figures (people, places and things) in the visualtrack; written text which we can read off the screen; • spoken language; • sound and music. • Identity tracking in film can be cued in a variety of mono-modal or cross-modal ways. For instance, an identity in film can be presented mono-modally in verbal language, either in spoken or written text.

3 above. As this book focuses on meaning in discourse rather than any lexical-grammatical equivalence between language and film, Martin’s re-modeling of cohesion is a more appropriate starting point. The following subsections therefore review the discourse systems of cohesive reference developed by Martin (1992). 1 Types of phora in language According to Martin (1992), the semantic tie between items referring to people, places and things (generally termed participants following the SFL tradition) becomes cohesive when their identities are retrieved.

Both The Application of Functional Linguistics to Film 33 anaphora and cataphora are concerned with presuming information that is made explicit in the text. Presumed information can also be indirectly retrievable. In the example This monastery will be closed for renovation and the monks will move into this house, The identity of the monks has to be established with respect to where they are affiliated – this monastery. Such indirect reference is termed bridging by Martin (1992, p124) following the traditional definition of Clark and Haviland (1977) and others.

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