Analysing Multimodal Documents: A Foundation for the by John Bateman

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For the purposes of the present chapter, we draw particularly on the analytic frameworks that were developed in these surveys for decomposing documents analytically into their parts. Two orientations were particularly significant for this work. , design by the non-expert or non-professional. The other is the role of changing technology bases for document production. Non-professional design is considered significant because it is here we come the closest to ‘natural’ or ‘spontaneous’ verbal graphic language production.

Design is often described as a compromise between many competing and sometimes conflicting constraints and these need to be brought into any discussion of the functional motivation of the resulting artefacts. This issue is equally relevant for all professionally produced multimodal documents. Such documents are typically subject to stringent production constraints ranging over the provision of material, time pressure for decision-making, conforming to the generic design constraints, and so on. g.

Finally, in Chapter 7, our conclusion, we briefly review the account that we have presented and identify what we see as necessary steps for the future. 2 Multimodal Documents and their Components In order to move from a descriptive approach to multimodal documents towards the more analytical stance motivated in the introduction, we need to fix the ‘lower’ levels of the overall model—these are the levels which make direct contact with what can be seen on the pages of the documents we analyse. ” (O’Toole 1994, p213) Securing access to what can be perceived as present—primarily, in our case, spatially arranged configurations of document elements—is of considerable importance for the entire enterprise of performing revealing analyses.

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