Termien selittäminen multimodaalisena toimintana yleistajuisissa tietokirjoissa

  • Henri Satokangas Helsingin yliopisto
Avainsanat: multimodaalisuus, tekstianalyysi, tietokirjallisuus


The article studies how visual images and their use in explaining field-specific terms can be analyzed with the concept of discourse patterns. When expounding and demonstrating the meaning of specialized terminology in popular non-fiction, different kinds of pictures are utilized to scaffold the reader-in-the-text’s understanding of the meanings of such field-specific terms. In the article, explanation sequences are analyzed as multimodal discourse patterns, where verbal text and images together produce knowledge-constructing interaction. Diverse resources of presenting information (e.g. genre features of written text, coding orientations of visual image) construct the interactive functions of a multimodal text. For example, a technologically oriented image can realize both functions in the introduction–description pattern whereas an image depicting a particular situation can function as an exemplification in the introduction–exemplification pattern. The analysis of discourse patterns aims to examine the ways of representing conceptual knowledge in research popularizations.

Satokangas, H. (2019). Termien selittäminen multimodaalisena toimintana yleistajuisissa tietokirjoissa. AFinLAn Vuosikirja, 77, 101-119. https://doi.org/10.30661/afinlavk.79339