Can Pictures Have Explicatures?

Forceville, Charles and Clark, Billy (2014) Can Pictures Have Explicatures? Linguagem em (Dis)curso, 14 (3). pp. 451-472. ISSN 1518-7632

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1982-4017-140301-0114

Abstract

This paper considers the question of whether pictures can be understood to give rise to explicit meanings. In relevance-theoretic terms, this means asking whether pictures give rise to "explicatures‟. The definition of the term "explicature‟ seems to rule out this possibility except in cases where pictures include or are accompanied by material with coded meanings. The paper considers a range of non-verbal phenomena with coded meanings, including pictograms (FORCEVILLE 2011, FORCEVILLE et al 2014). It then considers whether the explicature-implicature distinction could be relevant to pictures without such elements. Some assumptions communicated by pictures seem to be more "explicature-like‟ than others, so it is possible that the distinction will be useful. The question is not merely terminological as the discussion leads to a fuller understanding of ways in which pictures communicate.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Relevance theory; Pictures; Explicature; Pictorial codes; Visual communication; Multimodality
Subjects: Q100 Linguistics
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2018 12:50
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 17:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/35382

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