art, fiction, film, animation and thinking…..a bit

Multimodality – a basic start – Mode

I am still refining my thoughts and definitions on Multimodality and thinking about what is a mode. In linguistics we have words, sentences and paragraphs so in multimodality we have mode the semiotic recourse. So modes are resources to make meaning. So are colour and layout modes? Do they make meaning and do they signify something that we recognise almost without acknowledging that recognition. The image, text, sound and moving image are modes that we can identify and make meaning from. Are the modes of layout and colour more difficult to define. Are we aware of the colour and do we have a well-defined cultural language to describe this colour. Modes together or using combinations of modes allows us to make combinations of meaning creating a richer or fuller meaning. Thus working with colour and layout will create a richer understanding of the work I am looking at.

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