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Theo van Leeuwen

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195323306

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323306.001.0001

Space in Discourse

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(p.88) 5 Space in Discourse
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Discourse and Practice
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Theo Van Leeuwen (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323306.003.0005

Arguing that our understandings of space are always constructed in relation to, and on the basis of, the spatial framings of social practices, hence also on the way bodies are positioned in space, this chapter describes the semiotic resources of English and visual communication for representing space. Focusing both on spatial positions and spatial transitions, the chapter introduces discursive resources for describing as well as interpreting spatial arrangements. By demonstrating the important role of moral evaluation in the representation of space, the chapter opens up spatial representation as an important issue for critical discourse analysis

Keywords:   critical discourse analysis, visual communication, space, spatial positions, spatial transitions, spatial arrangements, interpreting spatial arrangements

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