Chapter published in:Emotion in Discourse
Edited by J. Lachlan Mackenzie and Laura Alba-Juez
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 302] 2019
► pp. 357–386
Emotion and intersemiosis in graphical abstracts
In this chapter I explore how the visual mode favors the expression of emotion in graphical abstracts, an academic genre increasingly demanded by high-impact scientific journals. My starting point is the set of expectations aroused by written scholarly discourse with regard to attitudinal projection, as well as recent research on emotion in computer-mediated communication in general. Next, I examine the major challenges posed by graphical abstracts and analyze the emotional language of some actual samples from researchers publishing in high-impact journals. My findings identify a hybridization of the genre and suggest that the presence of emotion may relate to the adoption of roles other than those of scientist, such as journalist, advertiser, and entertainer.
Keywords: graphical abstract, emotion, academic scientific discourse, hybridization, visual literacy
Published online: 27 March 2019
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