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Sequential meaning-making in language and visual narratives

  • Author(s): Klomberg, Bien
  • Hacımusaoğlu, Irmak
  • Coopmans, Cas
  • Cohn, Neil
  • et al.

The last two decades have seen emerging research on the structure and cognition of visual narratives, like those found in comics and picture stories (Cohn & Magliano, 2020). A primary characteristic of this research has been the comparison between the meaning-making in sequencing of pictures and that of sequential words or sentences in language. This comparison has extended across research methods and their findings...In this symposium, we further explore these comparisons between language and visual narratives in four presentations exploring visual narrative sequencing. These studies span various methodologies of corpus research along with behavioral and neurocognitive experimentation, and they probe several fundamental topics of meaning-making found in both the verbal and visual modalities: the expression of motion events, the generation of inferences, anaphoricity and co-reference, and information density.

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