What is Research For?

Two elephants: 1, 2

  • Kress: modes of writing and image are governed by distinct logics:

    • writing (still dependent upon speech): logic of time, sequence

    • Image: logic of space, simultaneity

  • But, factors such as rhyme, rhythm, stress, etc interfere with linearity of speech/writing

  • And, space is often linearised (eg consider a train journey)

  • Everything involves a persistent tension between time and space, between the diachronic and the synchronic

to: signs

Dowling, P.C. 'A timely Utterance'. Invited contribution to the European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference and Workshop, presented 4th August 2005, Kings College, University of London.

Kress, G. (2003). Literacy in the New Media Age. London: Routlege.