Empirical Multimodality Research: Methods, Evaluations, Implications.
Jana Pflaeging, Janina Wildfeuer, John A. Bateman (eds.).
Berlin: de Gruyter. 2021

This volume showcases recent advancements in empirical multimodality research, with innovative methods and results across disciplines. The international contributions offer new tools, software, and analytical algorithms to tackle key issues in corpus-based work on multimodal artefacts. Focused on empirical applications and evaluations of results, theories, and methods, this book critically contributes to state-of-the-art multimodality research.

This volume advances the data-based study of multimodal artefacts and performances by showcasing methods and results from the latest endeavors in empirical multimodal research, representing a vibrant international and interdisciplinary research community. The collated chapters identify and seek to inspire novel, mixed-method approaches to investigate meaning-making mechanisms in current communicative artifacts, designs, and contexts; while attending to their immersive, aesthetic, and ideological dimensions. Each contribution details innovative aspects of empirical multimodality research, offering insights into challenges evolving from quantitative approaches, particular corpus work, results from eye-tracking and psychological experiments, and analyses of dynamic interactive experiences. The approaches and results presented foreground the inherent multidisciplinary nature and implications of multimodality, renegotiating concepts across linguistics, media studies, (social) semiotics, game studies, and design. With this, the volume will inform both current and future developments in theory, methods, and transdisciplinary contexts and become a landmark reference for anyone interested in the empirical study of multimodality.

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