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Title: Metonymy and visual representation : towards a social semiotic framework of visual metonymy
Authors: Feng, D 
Keywords: Conceptual metaphor theory
Social semiotics
Visual grammar
Visual metonymy
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Source: Visual communication, 2017, v. 16, no. 4, p. 441-466 How to cite?
Journal: Visual communication 
Abstract: This study proposes that metonymy is fundamental to visual meaning making and develops a social semiotic framework to elucidate how conceptual metonymies are realized in both static and moving images. While we all accept that visual images are iconic, this study demonstrates systematically that they are also indexical (i.e. metonymic), in terms of their representation of both objects/events and abstract concepts. Based on the social semiotic visual grammar of Kress and Van Leeuwen’s Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design (2006), systems of metonymy in actional, reactional, classificational and analytical processes are developed to map out the types of metonymies in visual representation. The metonymy systems bring a wide array of resources under a coherent framework for analysts to scrutinize the choices of representation in visual media such as comics, film and TV commercial. This study develops current theories of multimodal metaphor and metonymy, on the one hand, and provides new insights into the process of visual meaning making, on the other.
ISSN: 1470-3572
DOI: 10.1177/1470357217717142
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