The discourse structure of video games: A multimodal discourse semantics approach to game tutorials

Janina Wildfeuer*, Dušan Stamenković

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    Abstract

    The article proposes a multimodal discourse semantics approach to the analysis of video game tutorials that provides a discourse pragmatic analysis of the game canvases in these tutorials. The study mainly builds on linguistic approaches to formal dynamic discourse semantics that have already been successfully applied to other multimodal artefacts. The article will showcase the application of the resulting ‘logic of multimodal discourse interpretation’ to two specific cases of video game tutorials. This will outline particular discourse relations holding between events and segments in the tutorials as distinctive features of this video game genre and show the discursive patterns of these instructions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)28-51
    Number of pages24
    JournalLanguage & Communication
    Volume82
    Early online date6-Dec-2021
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan-2022

    Keywords

    • multimodality
    • Videogames
    • discourse semantics
    • inferences

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